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Grass Facts for Kids

Grass Facts for Kids

  • Common Name: Grass
  • Plant Type: Monocotyledonous Flowering Plant
  • Order: Poales
  • Clade: Graminid
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Type Species: Poa
  • Total Species: ~12,000

21 Grass Facts For Kids

  1. Grass is the common name for a large group of plant species that are members of the Poaceae family.
  2. According to fossil evidence the first grass species first appeared at least 55 million years ago.
  3. Grass can grow and thrive in almost any habitat, from the arctic cold to hot and humid.
  4. Grass species can be found worldwide, including in Antarctica.
  5. Antarctica is home to its own native grass species and its called Antarctic hair grass (Antarctic hair grass)
  6. There are an estimated 12,000 species of grass across 780 genera.
  7. The grass family (Poaceae) is the fifth largest plant family.
  8. Grass species come in a wide variety of sizes, from less than an inch to as tall as 100 feet.
  9. The largest living grass species is the giant bamboo (Dendrocalamus giganteus) with an average height of 80 to 100 feet.
  10. There are many grass species that are cultivated by humans for consumption (eating).
  11. A few grass species that are grown for onsumption are corn (Zea mays), common wheat (Triticum aestivum), and Asian rice (Oryza sativa).
  12. There are many grass species that are cultivated by humans for ornamental use in lawns and gardens.
  13. The most popular ornamental grass species is the United States is Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis).
  14. Grass is made up of six different parts: roots, rhizomes, stolons, blades, clums, and flowers.
  15. Grass uses its roots to absorb water and nutrients from the soil and anchor itself into the ground.
  16. Grass uses its rhizomes and stolons to grow out sideways, with rhizomes growing below ground and stolons growing above ground.
  17. Grass uses its culm (stem) to transport water and nutrients to the blades.
  18. Grass uses its blades (leaves) to create energy from sunlight using photosynthesis.
  19. Grass uses its flowers for reproduction and the creation of seeds.
  20. An area or region that is dominated by one or more grass species is called a grassland.
  21. Grasslands are estimated to cover between 20 and 40% percent of the Earth’s landmass.

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Grass Pictures

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Grass sprouting up from dirt

A picture of grass sprouting from the dirt.

Grass in a beautiful meadow

A picture of grass in a beautiful meadow.

Long dark green grass

A picture of long dark green grass blades.

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