100 Days Project

Jacinda: Inkweed

100 black ink drawings of common New Zealand garden weeds (plants found growing where they are not wanted). The drawings, made on A4 paper, will loosely depict the plants' essential characteristics. Where possible I will identify them using the Massey University Weed Database and other online sources. On completion I will output all the drawings as one large poster on photorag paper.

Day 43:

Paspalum

Botanical name: Paspalum dilatatum
Family name: Poaceae

Paspalum is a grass weed which has very short stout rhizomes, which join plants together to form dense clumps. In lawns, paspalum is one of the broadest leafed grasses likely to be found. As the shoots tend to grow quite flat to the soil surface under a mowing regime, they are able to survive constant mowing to a low cutting height. (Massey Uni Weeds Database).

Growing in a crack in the pathway, the tightly packed and well-trampled rhizomes spreading over the concrete. It will be a tough one to remove - I'll leave it for now.