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Cotton Grass in Baker Lake Meadows # 11760

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Date: 2008.08.23
Vantage Point: Near Baker Lake trail

Caption: Seed heads of [i]Eriophorum chamissonis[/i]

PhotoDescr: Cotton grass is a sedge, rather than a grass. Sedges have triangular, solid stems, while grasses have round, hollow stems. Cotton grass prefers boggy areas.

Although several of the 25 species of cotton grass grow in the Canadian Rockies, Benn Gadd says that Eriophorum chamissonis is by far the most common, so I'm assuming this example is from that species.

We began our daylong loop hike through the Skoki area in Cotton Grass Pass, but this photo was taken near the end of the day as we returned to the Baker Lake backcountry campground. See the trip report for details.

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