About Grasses, Sedges And Rushes

Quaking Grass (Briza media)
Quaking Grass (Briza media)

Grasses dominate the English rural landscape, not just as meadows and pastures, but also as crops which feed man and animal alike. Grasses easily recolonise waste ground and cover waysides and embankments, and mixed meadow-grasses make for a most beautiful summer spectacle.

Common Reed (Phragmites australis)
Common Reed (Phragmites australis)

We all know what grasses are like, they are such a common sight, yet how many of us canΒ  identify a single species? Grasses are plants with long, narrow leaves, rounded hollow stems, with small flowers enclosed in a pair of scales called glumes. These flowers form spikelets, either singly, in pairs or more, enclosed by another pair of scales. Sedges, rushes and reedmaces are also similar to grasses, but have their own characteristics which make them differ so.

Yorkshire Fog (Holcus lanatus)
Yorkshire Fog (Holcus lanatus)

10 thoughts on “About Grasses, Sedges And Rushes

  1. I do love the weaving grasses and knew the names of these three:)). Have been on the ground taking photos too.
    As an amateur.
    Will check out all other beauty you have on display

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Sandy πŸ™‚ I know I can pass grasses by without noticing sometimes, and at other times they kind of stick out and have such beautiful and interesting forms.

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  2. I love these plants! My sister, who is also a nature photographer, has a problem pronouncing one species, plume grass. When she says it, it comes out “prume glass”!

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    1. Thank you, Denise πŸ™‚ Yes, I have to agree, they do have an abstract quality close-up. I need to take more notice of grasses really, considering the many species out there, I have only really photographed a hand full.


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