Tripsacum dactyloides

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leaves and habit--Tripsacum dactyloides is a large bunchgrass that grows in wet depressions or along creeks and streams leaf closeup--note the strong midvein

inflorescence in April--the flowers in the top 3/4 of the inflorescence are functionally male, while the flowers in the bottom 1/4 are functionally female young spikelets--these will develop stamens...
...as you see here stigmas--these are feathery and very long.  Why?

young fruits--these fruits resemble hard, green corn kernels, which is no coincidence, because Tripsacum and Zea (which includes maize) are close relatives! กก