A field of pineapple plants

Grasses and sedges

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

Rank: Order