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Additional info for An Herbalist's Guide to Growing and Using Violets (Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-239)
Fortunately, it is possible to distinguish most ornamental species and cultivated varieties from one another without a thorough mastery of structural details. It is helpful, though, to be able to recognize a spikelet and to be aware of the variation in structure and form of inflorescences. There are three simple types of inflorescence that occur among the grasses: spikes, racemes, and panicles (Figure 2-6). Most inflorescences have a readily apparent main axis, called a rachis. A simple spike is an inflorescence having individual spikelets without stalks, attached directly to the rachis.
Although the flowers of large blue fescue, Festuca amethystina 'Superba', are not especially colorful, the flower stalks turn a deep amethyst in early June. Three photos illustrate the transformation of Miscanthus from initial flowering through final seed dispersal and senescence. The flowers of some Miscanthus cultivars are reddish when first opening. sinensis 'Malepartus' after the flowers have dried to a peak of snowy translucency and the seeds are maturing. Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' in late February, after all the seeds have been dispersed and winter storms have reduced the inflorescence to a stunning filigree.
Grasses are the primary food source for humans as well as for wild and domestic grazing animals. All the cereal grains are members of the grass family, including rice, oats, wheat, rye, barley, corn (maize in Europe), and sorghum. Sugarcane, a grass, provides most of the world's sugar, and grasses are also the source of aromatic and culinary oils. The making of beer, rye, whiskey, and other alcoholic beverages is dependent upon various grass crops. Pioneers crossing the Page 31 North American continent built their houses of prairie grass sods, and people in many parts of the world still use grasses for thatching the roofs of their houses.
An Herbalist's Guide to Growing and Using Violets (Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-239) by Kathleen Brown