• Grasses guide
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Grasses guide

FSC Grasses identification guide covers 30 species common in Britain and Ireland.

Designed for use outside, this laminated fold-out guide features beautiful colour paintings of grasses. Key identification features like leaves, flower heads and ligules are illustrated for each species.

Also included is a multi-access key and code table. This extra guide makes grass identification possible all year round, even when the flower heads are not present. Each species has concise written notes on habitat and the distinguishing features to look out for.

Grasses are flowering plants, although the flowers are highly modified. They are not obvious unless you look closely. This can make grass identification challenging. Across the world there are about 10 000 species of grass, making them one of the most numerous of the plant families. There are about 160 grass species in Britain and Ireland. Unlike most plants, grasses grow from the base. If damaged, perhaps by a grazing animal or mower, grasses are more likely to survive and continue to grow. This feature has made grasses highly successful.

Of course it’s true that grasses can be a daunting group for the beginner to tackle. Book-length identification guides can contain hundreds of pages of similar-looking species. So where do you start? The FSC grasses guide features a manageable list of 30 species, all widespread and common. You should be able to find many of these on a short walk, even in a city centre. We have included common species of bent, fescue, brome, rye-grass, hair-grass, oat-grass and meadow-grass. Accompanying text and diagrams demystify the specialist terminology for grasses, from awns to spikelets.