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The various structures provide the features used in identification of grasses. The flower, called the inflorescence, is the easy place to start. However, some species are so similar that you may need to look more closely at other parts of the plant. The diagram below illustrates the basics.

This red top grass grows in undisturbed veld in shallow gravelly soil. 

We start this series on Grass of the Region with the species regarded as the most valuable grass in sourveld. Themeda triandra grows abundantly when the veld is in good condition.