This is a simple guide to identifying the grasses of the Cévennes, down to genus, and often species, level.
It has been designed by the author to improve the author's personal (and limited) knowledge of these plants, and bring a wider range of these often overlooked plants to the Naturescene site.

Simply follow the key down to find the group, and then the genus and even the species

It is hoped over time to gradually place detailed close-up photos of grass flowers to aid identification. For the moment, there will be no links through to the grasses displayed on the main site

At first sight, grasses have a complicated structure. If you are not already familiar with the anatomy and terminology of grasses, open a help page here.

In particular, the following terms (illustrated above) are essential: spike, spikelet, pedicel, glume, glumelle, lemma, palea, ligule


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This key allows identification of the genera, and often the individual species. It follows the approach of ‘La Flore de la France méditerranéenne continentale’ (2014), covering the area of the Conservatoire Botanique of southern France, shown in pale green on the map. Most of the genera of the area in green are included, but the key is most specific for the National Park (darker green), with description and drawing of each genus.

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