There are many grass-like plants that occur in the park. Rushes, sedges and grasses all look similar. But upon closer inspection, there are differences. Sedges usually have a triangular stem (sedges have edges), rushes have round stems and grasses usually have a flattened stem.
One invasive non-native grass, Japanese Wiregrass or Stiltgrass(Microstegium vimineum) has spread rapidly during the last two decades and forms a dense carpet over approximately 50% of the forest floor. Native sedges also can be found in the park, forming dense carpets along the forest floor.
Did You Know?
At 19, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roche Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette volunteered to serve in the American Revolution. He developed a lifelong friendship with General Washington and would name his son Georges Washington du Motier. General Washington was named the boy’s godfather.