Wild Grasses of English Meadows

Grasses belong to one of the largest and most economically and ecologically important families of plants: the Poaceae, formerly called the Gramineae.

Grasses can be found on every continent and in a wide variety of habitats. Both as the dominant plant type or as minor components of the plant community.

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The flowers of grasses are small and inconspicuous. Grass flowers lack petals and other floral parts common in other plant families.

Grass flowers are typically wind pollinated and therefore do not produce nectar, but they do produce pollen in large amounts.

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General grass flower information.

The part of the grass plant  known as the flower, actually comprises many small flowers arranged along the stalk. The flower is usually bisexual. This means that they contain both male and female flower parts.

There are no petals or sepals in the grass flower. Instead, the flower is protected by two sets of scales. They don’t need color to attract pollinators, because they are anemophilous; their pollen is distributed by the wind.

After they are pollinated, seed begins to form, the spikelets tend to turn brown or golden. Most grasses rely upon the wind to distribute the pollen from the stamen of the plant onto the waiting stigma. This will then enable pollination to occur, and the ovary will swell into the fertilised seed. It is the seed of some of these unsung flowers which are ground to make your bread, such is wheat, but a cultivated grass which has large seeds. This is the same with all of the cereal crops grown around the world. large seeded grasses.

Grasses form many a staple diet around the world these include:

Wheat, Millet, Barley, Maize (corn ),Oats, Rice, Rye and Sorghum.