Are grasses herbaceous plants

Grass Garden at KewFrom providing our breakfast cereals to fuelling our cars, grasses are some of the most economically important plants. For instance just three cereals – maize, wheat and rice – provide nearly two-thirds of the calories and half the protein consumed by the world’s population.

There are nearly 11, 000 different species of grass; most are perennials that regrow from the root stock each year. Except for the woody bamboos, grasses are generally herbaceous plants.

Kew's Grass Garden with the Princess of Wales Conservatory in the background.

Each grass leaf has two parts: a long narrow folded, rolled or flat blade extending from a cylindrical leaf sheath, the layers of which help protect the immature stems and growing point. Grasses cover the ground in a variety of ways; they all produce branches known as tillers, from buds very close to the soil surface.

Some grow straight upwards, some creep across the ground sprouting new plants at intervals, and others, such as the gardener’s enemy couch grass, have underground stems (rhizomes) which are almost impossible to remove completely.

Grasses are found throughout the world, from the southernmost tip of South America to the northern reaches of Norway and Russia.

Covering a third of the world’s land, grasslands (including prairies, veldt, steppes, savanna and pampa) develop in the zone between forest and desert. The rainfall is too low for forest trees to grow, but there is still enough rain for herbaceous plants.

Did you know?

  • Grass leaves grow from an area just above the ligule - if the tips are grazed or cut, the blade will continue to grow.

There are many herbaceous forest-floor species, especially in the New World, but with their woody arboreal habit, bamboos are the only grasses that can actually form forests.

In prehistoric times, people began to harvest grass seeds for food and to gather bundles of grass to construct shelters. Since then, these plants have been used in clothes and containers, in gardens and sports grounds, and even to make explosives and jewellery.

A banana has seeds (although the variety you eat

2007-10-04 23:03:09 by johnstuartmills0

Is sterile and has really tiny seeds) thus making it a fruit but it is not a true "tree" since the stem of a banana lacks wood tissue making it a herbaceous plant or herb . Thus, when judged by the thing you eat it's a fruit but when judged by its stem it's a vegetable.
Here are the definitions of terms:
Fruit:The ripened seed-bearing part of a plant when fleshy and edible.
In other words, a "fruit" is any fleshy material covering a seed or seeds. Most fruits, from a horticultural (science of cultivating) perspective, are grown on a woody plant,
A herbaceous plant is a plant that has leaves and stems that die at the end of the growing season to the soil level

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