Oryzopsis paradoxa [= Piptatherum paradoxum] is a tall, luxurious, perennial grass living in the few clearings of the evergreen oak forests. It waves a panicle of small spikelets, everyone having just one flower with one awn. The ligula in the inner side of the leaves is so short, only 0,5 mm, that contributes to sort Oryzopsis paradoxa from other species.
Oryzopsis paradoxa is common in the evergreen oak woods of the northern slope and the top of Montserrat, although scarce in the Natural Park of Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac.
[photos Jordi Badia]