Poales (Grasses)


The Poales include the well‐known and economically important grass family (Gramineae), the well‐known sedge family (Cyperaceae), the colourful bromeliads (Bromeliaceae) and several less well‐known families of plants. All belong to the group of flowering plants known as the monocotyledons.

Keywords: grasses; sedges; monocots; pineapples

Further Reading

Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (1999) An ordinal classification for the families of flowering plants. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 85: 531–553.

Arber A (1925) Monocotyledons: A Morphological Study. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Grass Phylogeny Working Group (2001) Phylogeny and subfamilial classification of the grasses (Poaceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 88: 373–457.

Hsiao C, Jacobs SWL, Chatterton NJ and Asay KH (1999) A molecular phylogeny of the grass family (Poaceae) based on the sequences of nuclear ribosomal DNA (ITS). Australian Systematic Botany 11: 667–688.

Jacobs SWL and Everett J (2000) Grasses: Systematics and Evolution. Melbourne: CSIRO.

Judd WS, Campbell CS, Kellogg EA and Stevens PF (1999) Plant Systematics. A Phylogenetic Approach. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates.

Kubitzki K (1998) The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants, vol. 4. Berlin: Springer.

Rudall PJ, Cribb PJ, Cutler DF and Humphries CJ (1995) Monocotyledons: Systematics and Evolution. Kew, England: Royal Botanic Gardens.

Wilson KL and Morrison DA (2000) Monocots: Systematics and Evolution. Melbourne: CSIRO.

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Jacobs, Surrey WL, and Wilson, Karen L(Mar 2003) Poales (Grasses). In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003708]