Plants with inspiring inflorescences...
A Latin name of the grass family Poaceae is taken from the large genus of this group, Poa
. Previously a name Gramineae has been used. Relations between humans, some animals and grasses were created in our dark evolution and prehistory. A success of our civilization was strongly dependent on a man-grass interaction. Many grasses we use as crops and now they are our main food. The family includes over 620 genera with about 10,000 species. Grasses occupy a very broad spectrum of habitats, including mountains. Among the higher plants they are probably pioneers in a mountainous environment. Especially spectacular organs of grasses there are their inflorescences in the form of spikes or panicles, each composed of smaller organs called spikelets. A lot of grass species we can meet on subalpine and alpine meadows together with other herbs. Dense tufts of xerothermic species like Festuca pallens
, F. ovina
, Sesleria varia
, Koeleria glauca
, Avena barbata
, Nardus stricta
or Eragrostis pilosa
create very picturesque associations on rocky walls.
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