Grasses and sedges are an extremely large group of flowering plants. This order contains over 16 families and well over 20,000 different species. The order is named after the hugely important grass family, Poaceae, which includes such agricultural heavyweights as maize, rice and wheat. Other members include the bromeliads, rushes and pipeworts. Flowers are typically small and wind-pollinated, but can be more showy, for example the pineapple plant. They are all monocotyledons (they have a single seed-leaf) and produce seeds that are generally starchy.
Scientific name: Poales
The following habitats are found across the Grasses and sedges distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.
Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
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