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