The Grass Family

Formerly the Gramineae Family, it is a large group containing about 600 genera with over 10,000 species making it the fifth largest of the plant families. Grasses are all monocotyledons and many of them have been "domesticated" for use as food grains. It is estimated that members of this family cover as much as 20 percent of the vegetative cover on earth.

Hair Grass Orchardgrass
Quackgrass Japanese Forest Grass
Bentgrass Blue Oat Grass
Foxtail Creeping Velvet Grass
Big Bluestem Squirrel's Tail Grass
Vernal Grass Bottlebrush Grass
Loose Silkybent Grass Japanese Blood Grass
Oatgrass Hare's Tail Grass
Giant Reed Grass Ruby Grass
Oats Eulalia Grass
Bamboo Purple Moor Grass
Blue Grama  
Quaking Grass Basket Grass
Brome Grass Switch Grass
Buffalo Grass Fountain Grass
Feather Reed Grass Ribbon Grass
    Timothy
Sandbur Bluegrass
Sea Oats Rabbitsfoot Grass
Job's Tears Ruby Grass, Natal Grass
Pampas Grass Little Bluestem
    Rye
Bermuda Grass Foxtail Millet
Orchardgrass Indian Grass
Bamboo Sorghum
Tufted Hair Grass Prairie Cordgrass
Crabgrass Dropseed
Barnyard Grass    
Goosegrass    
Lyme Grass Sleepy Grass
Horsetail Gamma Grass
Love Grass Bread Wheat
Plume Grass Corn
Fescue Zoysia Grass
     
       

Note on Taxonomy - Plant taxonomy is the art and science of classifying plants into groupings in order to help people make sense of the huge diversity found in the world. The people who do this for a living are called taxonomists. They are continually evaluating and re-evaluating how plants are classified. For example, with the recent emergence of DNA analysis, many plants have been changing classification.

Also, there is no one, single universal classification system for plants. Rather, there is a lot of debate among taxonomists which may lead to confusion for the average gardener. That is why, in these family listings, you often see the words "about" or "around" when counting the number of genera or species to include. It is also why new families are created and some of the old ones suddenly fade away. So, don't be surprised if you find slightly different information at other sites or sources. Oh, well.

 

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