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Q:
What does grass reproduce by?
- PangJiingHuey (age 12)
Tampines North Primary School, SIngapore
A:
Pang -

There are actually a lot of different ways that grass can reproduce. There are also lots of different types of grass. Each type of grass can reproduce by at least one way, many by more than one. In your back yard, you can plant grass from seeds. Sometimes you can see grasses that have 'gone to seed' if you walk through the woods in the fall. Some grasses can reproduce using little things called 'rhyzomes.'

Probably the most common way for grass like what you have in your back yard to reproduce is by sending out little shoots underground. When the shoots are far enough away from the parent plant, they will grow a new plant up into the air. Once the new plant is big enough, the underground shoot will die, separating the two plants.

-Tamara

(republished on 07/18/06)

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