A dense group of bamboo stems in the woods


True grasses are a huge family that contains over 10,000 species. The grasses are of incredible importance to humanity as they include all our cereal crops, sugar cane and the pastures on which domestic animals graze. Grasslands are one of the world's major habitats.

Scientific name: Poaceae

Rank: Family

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The Grasses can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, Australia, China, Europe, Indian subcontinent, Mediterranean, North America, Russia, South America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

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Bamboo Bamboo
Bamboo is a type of grass and is among the fastest growing plants on the planet. One Japanese species rockets skywards at a rate of a metre a day.

When they lived

Discover the other animals and plants that lived during the following geological time periods.

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