Grasslands: Plants

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11286

Could "grass"lands have plants other than grass? What can survive the conditions that make grasslands? You'll be surprised by the beauty of this biome when you look at pictures and do some research!

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World

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Geography
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Visual
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Lion
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Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
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Quick Query

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Can you name the most common plant found in grasslands? Could it be "grass"? Read on and find out!

examples of grassland

Grasslands are named after the plants that are found there.

Grasses are the dominant type of plant found in grasslands. One way to remember that grasslands have mostly grass is to remember the word "grass" in grasslands. Both temperate and tropical grasslands are mainly made up of grasses.

grassland


Temperate grasslands have many different types of grass. The most common grasses found in temperate grasslands are buffalo grass, wheat grass, purple needle grass, and blue gamma grass. Those are just a few examples of the many hundreds of grasses found in this biome.

Hundreds of different types of wildflowers can also be found in temperate grasslands. Some examples of wildflowers found here include blazing stars, coneflowers, sunflowers, clover, wild indigos, asters, and Indian blankets. The nutrient-rich soil allows the plants here to thrive! Even though the soil is great for growing plants, you won't find many trees here. Trees are rarely found in grasslands because of wildfires, droughts, and grazing herbivores (plant-eating animals).

The plant on the left is purple needle grass, and the plant on the right is blazing stars.


Tropical grasslands are also home to many different types of grasses, just like temperate grasslands. Some of the grasses in the tropical grasslands can grow up to nine feet tall! The savanna's most common grass types include red oats grass, star grass, Rhodes grass, lemon grass, elephant grass, and Bermuda grass. Remember, these are just a few examples. There are hundreds of different types of grass found in tropical grasslands!

Wildflowers and small shrubs can also be found in tropical grasslands. Purple cone flowers, asters, and blazing stars are examples of wildflowers found in the savanna. Unlike temperate grasslands, there are some trees that can grow in the savanna. These trees have long roots that allow them to get water from deep in the ground during droughts.

The image on top is an umbrella thorn acadia, and the image below is lemon grass.

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