Help needed re food plants
pete.selby at zetnet.co.uk
Sun Jan 5 16:25:01 EST 1997
In message <5mGgrSAB79zyEwdG at rodent.demon.co.uk>
Julian Barker <julian at rodent.demon.co.uk> writes:
> I have been doing research on the habitat of the Mongolian Gerbil. I
> have discovered that the main food plant of these animals is Artemisia
> sieversiana. They are known to also eat Salsola collina, Setaria viridis
> and Leymus chinensis.
Do the gerbils live by the seaside?
Artemesia vulgaris is the commonest plant to find in UK - better
known as Mugwort.
Salsola kali, prickly glasswort is an inhabitant of salt marshes in UK.
Setaria is a genus of grass, sometimes found as as an escape in UK,
but more commonly sold as Millet Sprays for Budgerigars.
Leymus is as you say a grass. We have Leymus arenarius which is Lyme
grass and grows in sand dunes.
Hope this helps.
(pete.selby at zetnet.co.uk)
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