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Identification: Characteristics of Grasses

Grasses have narrow leaves with parallel veins and small, inconspicuous flowers. Stems are usually round and have visible bulges or joints where the leaves attach (nodes). They are usually hollow except at the nodes.

Click on the plant-part labels to see how each characteristic varies.

Illustration of overall plant Hot spot for new leaf Hot spot for rhizomes Hot spot for stolons Hot spot for sheath Hot spot for auricle Hot spot for leaf blade Hot spot for ligule    

More about grasses


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