This ClipArt gallery offers 388 illustrations of several types of grasses and grains, many of which are grown agriculturally for consumer use.

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Eriophorum (Cottongrass, Cotton-grass or Cottonsedge) is a genus of about 25 species of flowering plants in the family Cyperaceae, the Sedge family. They are found throughout the temperate Northern Hemisphere in acid bog habitats, being particularly abundant in Arctic tundra regions.

Cottongrass

Eriophorum (Cottongrass, Cotton-grass or Cottonsedge) is a genus of about 25 species of flowering plants…

"Enzyme-secreting cells of...cotyledon of Indian corn." -Stevens, 1916

Indian Corn Cotyledon

"Enzyme-secreting cells of...cotyledon of Indian corn." -Stevens, 1916

Crested dog's tail grass is the common name of cynosurus cristatus. The grass has flat blades and spike-like flower clusters. The grass grows one to two feet tall.

Crested Dog's Tail

Crested dog's tail grass is the common name of cynosurus cristatus. The grass has flat blades and spike-like…

"3. paleae of Leersia oryzoides; 4. pistil, stamens, and hypogynous scales of the same." -Lindley, 1853

Rice Cutgrass

"3. paleae of Leersia oryzoides; 4. pistil, stamens, and hypogynous scales of the same." -Lindley, 1853

Cymbopogon is an oil producing grass.

Cymbopogon Schoenanthus

Cymbopogon is an oil producing grass.

The common names of cynodon dactylon are Bermuda grass and wire grass. The stems are flattened and slender.

Cynodon Dactylon

The common names of cynodon dactylon are Bermuda grass and wire grass. The stems are flattened and slender.

An illustration of the partial inflorescence of a cyperus plant, spikelet of the same (left), and the flower (right). Cyperus is a large genus of about 600 species of sedges, distributed throughout all continents in both tropical and temperate regions. They are annual or perennial plants, mostly aquatic and growing in still or slow-moving water up to 0.5 m deep. The species vary greatly in size, with small species only 5 cm tall, while others can reach 5 m in height. Common names include papyrus sedges, flatsedges, nutsedges, umbrella-sedges and "galingales"

Cyperus

An illustration of the partial inflorescence of a cyperus plant, spikelet of the same (left), and the…

The common name of desmazeria sicula is spike grass. It is an annual that grows eight to twelve inches tall.

Desmazeria Sicula

The common name of desmazeria sicula is spike grass. It is an annual that grows eight to twelve inches…

The common name of eleusine coracana is African millet. It grows two to four feet tall. It has a stout habit and short, broad, large spikes.

Eleusine Coracana

The common name of eleusine coracana is African millet. It grows two to four feet tall. It has a stout…

The common names of eleusine indica are wire grass and goose grass. It grows two to four feet tall. The flowers bloom June to October.

Eleusine Indicia

The common names of eleusine indica are wire grass and goose grass. It grows two to four feet tall.…

The common names of elymus canadensis are Canada lyme grass and terrel grass. It grows two to five feet tall. It is common in low thickets and along streams in rich, open woods.

Elymus Canadensis

The common names of elymus canadensis are Canada lyme grass and terrel grass. It grows two to five feet…

The embryo, taken out whole: the thick mass is the cotyledon; the narrow body partly enclosed by it is the plumule; the little projection at its base is the very short radicle enclosed in the sheathing base of the first leaf of the plumule.

Indian Corn Embryo

The embryo, taken out whole: the thick mass is the cotyledon; the narrow body partly enclosed by it…

Eragrostis suaveolens grows one to two feet tall. It is native to west Asia.

Eragrostis Suaveolens

Eragrostis suaveolens grows one to two feet tall. It is native to west Asia.

The common names of erianthus ravennae are plume grass, ravenna grass, and hardy pampas grass. The grass grows three to twelve feet tall.

Erianthus Ravennae

The common names of erianthus ravennae are plume grass, ravenna grass, and hardy pampas grass. The grass…

"Esparto-Grasses. 1, 4, stalk and fruit of Macrochloa tenacissima. 2, 3, 5, stalk, flowering stem, and fruit of Lygeum Spartum." -Whitney, 1911

Esparto Grass

"Esparto-Grasses. 1, 4, stalk and fruit of Macrochloa tenacissima. 2, 3, 5, stalk, flowering stem, and…

Eulalia is a hardy, ornamental grass. Eulalia japonica zebrina has leaves with bars of yellow running across.

Foliage, Fully Expanded, and Young Inflorescences of Eulalia Japonica Zebrina

Eulalia is a hardy, ornamental grass. Eulalia japonica zebrina has leaves with bars of yellow running…

"7. locusta of Stipa pennata" (Feather Grass); "8. rachis, bracteae, and florets of Cynosurus cristatus" (Crested Dog's-Tail). -Lindley, 1853

Feather Grass and Crested Dog's-Tail

"7. locusta of Stipa pennata" (Feather Grass); "8. rachis, bracteae, and florets of Cynosurus cristatus"…

Floret of a spelt plant.

Spelt floret

Floret of a spelt plant.

"Diagram showing how, in Indian corn, the food from the upper and lower leaves finds its way into the ears." -Stevens, 1916

Indian Corn Food Circulation

"Diagram showing how, in Indian corn, the food from the upper and lower leaves finds its way into the…

"Foxtail grass, the common name given to certain grasses, because of the shape of the large clusters in which the flowers are arranged." -Foster, 1921

Foxtail Grass

"Foxtail grass, the common name given to certain grasses, because of the shape of the large clusters…

Setaria glauca or the Yellow Foxtail is a monocot weed in the Poaceae family.

Yellow Foxtail

Setaria glauca or the Yellow Foxtail is a monocot weed in the Poaceae family.

"A winter annual of the mustard family, which is quite sure to be found producing much seed on roadsides and on other waste areas."—The Federal Digest, 1921

French-Weed

"A winter annual of the mustard family, which is quite sure to be found producing much seed on roadsides…

"1. a portion of the spike of Salicornia herbacea, with the flowers lodged in the notches of the axis; 2. a flower separate." -Lindley, 1853

Glasswort

"1. a portion of the spike of Salicornia herbacea, with the flowers lodged in the notches of the axis;…

"Glume.--A part of the floral envelopes of grass." -Newman, 1850

Glume

"Glume.--A part of the floral envelopes of grass." -Newman, 1850

An infected grain.

Grain

An infected grain.

An infected grain, enlarged.

Grain

An infected grain, enlarged.

An image of a crop of grain.

Grain

An image of a crop of grain.

A grain of Indian Corn, flatwise, cut away a little, so as to show the embryo, lying on the albumen, which makes the pincipal bulk of the seed.

Indian Corn Grain

A grain of Indian Corn, flatwise, cut away a little, so as to show the embryo, lying on the albumen,…

Grain of Indian Corn in germination; the ascending sprout is the first leaf of the plumule, enclosing the younger leaves within; at its base the primary root has broken through.

Indian Corn Grain

Grain of Indian Corn in germination; the ascending sprout is the first leaf of the plumule, enclosing…

Grain of Indian Corn in advanced germination; the second and third leaves developing, while the sheathing first leaf does not further develop.

Indian Corn Grain

Grain of Indian Corn in advanced germination; the second and third leaves developing, while the sheathing…

"Graminae. Flower of a Grass, the glumes are removed. GRAMINAE. In botany, the largest order among endogenous plants except the orchids." -Whitney, 1911

Grass Flower

"Graminae. Flower of a Grass, the glumes are removed. GRAMINAE. In botany, the largest order among endogenous…

"Graminae. Flower of a Grass. GRAMINAE. In botany, the largest order among endogenous plants except the orchids." -Whitney, 1911

Grass Flower

"Graminae. Flower of a Grass. GRAMINAE. In botany, the largest order among endogenous plants except…

"Piptatherum, with the palea." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Grass Flowers

"Piptatherum, with the palea." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Poa." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Grass Flowers

"Poa." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Oryea." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Grass Flowers

"Oryea." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Diagram of inflorescence of a grass. g, sterile glumes; P1, a flowering glume; P2, a scaly bract (palea); e, transparent scales (lodicules) at the base of the flower; B, the flower." -Bergen, 1896

Grass Inflorescence

"Diagram of inflorescence of a grass. g, sterile glumes; P1, a flowering glume; P2, a scaly bract (palea);…

Illustration of a leaf blade, ligule, and a sheath of grass.

Grass morphology

Illustration of a leaf blade, ligule, and a sheath of grass.

Illustration of leaf arrangements of grass.

Grass morphology:leaf arangement

Illustration of leaf arrangements of grass.

A grass of Parnassus is any member of the genus Parnassia, of the Saxifrage family, growing in damp places, having white or pale yellow flowers marked with pronounced. There are five sepals, five petals, and five stamens, with five fringed scales between.

Grass of Parnassus

A grass of Parnassus is any member of the genus Parnassia, of the Saxifrage family, growing in damp…

"Fruit of upright chess (Bromus racemosus): a, a', spikelet; b, b', single fruit, inner face, showing pedicel, palet, and concave face of glume with awn; c, outer face of glume; d, d', caryopsis or grain; e, pedicel." -Department of Agriculture, 1899

Grass Seed

"Fruit of upright chess (Bromus racemosus): a, a', spikelet; b, b', single fruit, inner face, showing…

Illustrated is an open area of grass space.

Grass Space

Illustrated is an open area of grass space.

A diagrammatic representation of a several-flowered grass spikelet. <em>g</em>: Glumes. <em>p</em>: Palets. <em>l</em>: Lodicules. <em>f</em>: Flower. The axis is much lengthened to separate the flowers.

Grass Spikelet

A diagrammatic representation of a several-flowered grass spikelet. g: Glumes. p:…

Spear grass is a herbaceous grass often troublesome in gravel walks and on hard, dry soils. The general appearance of plants is often modified by climate, soil, and modes of cultivation. Certain characteristics which are permanent and remain unaltered by circumstances. The florets are easy to see in this magnified spikelet.

Annual Spear Grass

Spear grass is a herbaceous grass often troublesome in gravel walks and on hard, dry soils. The general…

Spear grass is a herbaceous grass often troublesome in gravel walks and on hard, dry soils. The general appearance of plants is often modified by climate, soil, and modes of cultivation. Certain characteristics which are permanent and remain unaltered by circumstances. The details of the floret are easy to see in this magnified floret.

Annual Spear Grass

Spear grass is a herbaceous grass often troublesome in gravel walks and on hard, dry soils. The general…

Spear grass is a herbaceous grass often troublesome in gravel walks and on hard, dry soils. The general appearance of plants is often modified by climate, soil, and modes of cultivation. Certain characteristics which are permanent and remain unaltered by circumstances. The details of the calyx, cup, or outer scale of the spikelet, is very much magnified, composed of two glumes, the upper and lower, the upper glume being the larger. The glumes and pales are know also by the name of husks or chaff, and are usually removed in cleanng the seed.

Annual Spear Grass

Spear grass is a herbaceous grass often troublesome in gravel walks and on hard, dry soils. The general…

Spear grass is a herbaceous grass often troublesome in gravel walks and on hard, dry soils. The general appearance of plants is often modified by climate, soil, and modes of cultivation. In this magnified pistil, we see the nectary, composed of one or two fleshy scales, and the germ, ovary, or seed-bearing portion of the pistil. The stamens seen in the same figure, consisting each of a bag filled with a fine powder or pollen, supported upon a stalk or filament which is analogous to the stalk or stem of a leaft. The bag hold the pollen, called the anther.

Annual Spear Grass

Spear grass is a herbaceous grass often troublesome in gravel walks and on hard, dry soils. The general…

Virginia Cut Grass (Leersia Virginica) is a small flowered white grass, and is smoother than white grass known as "false rice". The panicle is simple, slender, the spikelets closely appressed, and oblong.

Annual Spear Grass

Virginia Cut Grass (Leersia Virginica) is a small flowered white grass, and is smoother than white grass…

Awlnless brome grass, native to Russia.

Awnless brome grass

Awlnless brome grass, native to Russia.

Barley is a cereal grain derived from the annual grass Hordeum vulgare, a common barley. It serves as a major animal feed crop, with smaller amounts used for malting and in health food, as well as the making of the alcoholic beverages beer. This is a spring species. The seed is more slender than wheat with a firmer and rougher covering of husk or chaff.

Barley

Barley is a cereal grain derived from the annual grass Hordeum vulgare, a common barley. It serves as…

Barley is a cereal grain derived from the annual grass Hordeum vulgare, a common barley. It serves as a major animal feed crop, with smaller amounts used for malting and in health food, as well as the making of the alcoholic beverages beer. This is a winter species and is shorter. The seed is more slender than wheat with a firmer and rougher covering of husk or chaff.

Barley

Barley is a cereal grain derived from the annual grass Hordeum vulgare, a common barley. It serves as…

Beach Grass (Calamagrostis arenaria or Ammophila arundinacea), also known as Seasand Reed and Mat Grass, is found almost exclusively on the first line of coastal sand dunes; their extensive systems of creeping underground stems or rhizomes allow them to thrive under conditions of shifting sands and high winds. It grows from two to three feet high with stout roots running from twenty or thirty feet long. The leaves are wide, rather short and of a sea-green color.

Beach Grass

Beach Grass (Calamagrostis arenaria or Ammophila arundinacea), also known as Seasand Reed and Mat Grass,…

The Bearded Darnel (Lolium temulentum) is sometimes found in grain-fields, with its glume equalling the five to seven flowered spikelets, an awn longer than the flower. Its grain is poisonous, the only instance known among the grasses.

Bearded Darnel

The Bearded Darnel (Lolium temulentum) is sometimes found in grain-fields, with its glume equalling…

Black Oat Grass (Stipa avenacea) is found in dry, sandy woods and has no agricultural value. It grows one to two feet, and has an open panicle. The leaves are almost bristle like. The palea is blackish and nearly as long as the glumes. It is a prairie grass common to Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the south.

Black Oat Grass

Black Oat Grass (Stipa avenacea) is found in dry, sandy woods and has no agricultural value. It grows…

Black Oat Grass (Stipa avenacea) is found in dry, sandy woods and has no agricultural value. It grows one to two feet, and has an open panicle. The leaves are almost bristle like. The palea is blackish and nearly as long as the glumes. It is a prairie grass common to Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the south. The upper palea and its bent and twisted awn is seen here.

Black Oat Grass

Black Oat Grass (Stipa avenacea) is found in dry, sandy woods and has no agricultural value. It grows…

Blue grass showing the method of reproduction by underground stems, or stolons.

Blue grass

Blue grass showing the method of reproduction by underground stems, or stolons.

The Chess Grass (Bromus secalinus), also called Willard's Bromus, has a spreading, slightly drooping panicle. The spikelets are ovate and smooth with a yellowish-green tinge and holding six to ten distinct flowers. The stems are erect, smooth, and round growing from two to three feet high and bearing four or five leaves with striated sheaths. The upper sheath is crowned with an obtuse, ragged ligule while the lower sheath is soft and hairy. There are five joints and the leaves are flat, soft, and linear. The spikelets have fewer florets and the outer palea is rounded at the summit and broader compared with its length.

Chess Grass

The Chess Grass (Bromus secalinus), also called Willard's Bromus, has a spreading, slightly drooping…

The Chess Grass (Bromus secalinus), also called Willard's Bromus, has a spreading, slightly drooping panicle. The spikelets are ovate and smooth with a yellowish-green tinge and holding six to ten distinct flowers. The stems are erect, smooth, and round growing from two to three feet high and bearing four or five leaves with striated sheaths. The upper sheath is crowned with an obtuse, ragged ligule while the lower sheath is soft and hairy. There are five joints and the leaves are flat, soft, and linear. The spikelets have fewer florets and the outer palea is rounded at the summit and broader compared with its length. This picture shows the grass a few days before coming to maturity.

Chess Grass

The Chess Grass (Bromus secalinus), also called Willard's Bromus, has a spreading, slightly drooping…

The Chess Grass (Bromus secalinus), also called Willard's Bromus, has a spreading, slightly drooping panicle. The spikelets are ovate and smooth with a yellowish-green tinge and holding six to ten distinct flowers. The stems are erect, smooth, and round growing from two to three feet high and bearing four or five leaves with striated sheaths. The upper sheath is crowned with an obtuse, ragged ligule while the lower sheath is soft and hairy. There are five joints and the leaves are flat, soft, and linear. The spikelets have fewer florets and the outer palea is rounded at the summit and broader compared with its length. This picture shows the summit of the large glume midway between its base and the summit of the second floriet.

Chess Grass

The Chess Grass (Bromus secalinus), also called Willard's Bromus, has a spreading, slightly drooping…

The Chess Grass (Bromus secalinus), also called Willard's Bromus, has a spreading, slightly drooping panicle. The spikelets are ovate and smooth with a yellowish-green tinge and holding six to ten distinct flowers. The stems are erect, smooth, and round growing from two to three feet high and bearing four or five leaves with striated sheaths. The upper sheath is crowned with an obtuse, ragged ligule while the lower sheath is soft and hairy. There are five joints and the leaves are flat, soft, and linear. The spikelets have fewer florets and the outer palea is rounded at the summit and broader compared with its length. This picture shows the magnified spikelet.

Chess Grass

The Chess Grass (Bromus secalinus), also called Willard's Bromus, has a spreading, slightly drooping…

The stem of Chinese Sugar Cane (Sorghum nigrum), also known as Sorgho, or Sorgho Sucre, rises from six to fifteen feet, according to the soil on which it grows. It grows erect down at the ends, resembling Indian corn and in its early growth, and broom corn, to which it is nearly allied, at maturity. It flowers in a panicle at the top, at first green, changing through shades of violet to purple, when more advanced. It grows best on dry soil, and under a hot sun.

Chinese Sugar Cane

The stem of Chinese Sugar Cane (Sorghum nigrum), also known as Sorgho, or Sorgho Sucre, rises from six…