Grasses

Grasses

The New Zealand botanic region has 218 grass taxa in the Poaceae family all of which are monocotyledonous plants. The dominant groups of grasses with 10 or more taxa are:

  • Agrostis (10 taxa)
  • Chionochloa (36 taxa)
  • Festuca (13 taxa)
  • Lachnagrostis (14 taxa)
  • Poa (42)
  • Rytidosperma (20 taxa)

Other smaller groups consistenting of 5 or more taxa are:

  • Cortaderia (6 taxa, see Cortaderia fulvida above)
  • Deschampsia (5 taxa)
  • Deyeuxia (5 taxa)
  • Elymus (6 taxa)
  • Hierochloe (7 taxa)
  • Puccinelia (6 taxa)
  • Trisetum (9 taxa)


Echinopogon ovatus 
(top left), Trisetum lepidum (top right). Photos by Jeremy Rolfe. 



For more information about grasses see*:

  • Poaceae (Wikipedia)
  • Grass (Wikipedia)
  • Lucid NZ Grass key (Landcare Research)
  • Chapman, G.P. and W.E. Peat. 1992. An Introduction to the Grasses. CAB Internat., Oxon, UK
  • Cheplick, G.P. 1998. Population Biology of Grasses. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

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This page last updated on 23 Sep 2012