Rushes are really grasses but grasses adapted for life in damp conditions, particularly where the ground may vary from dry to wet depending on rainfall or river flooding. Rushes can be found almost anywhere the ground is damp so the are common on heaths, in meadows and in woodlands. You may think of the rushed listed here as reeds and they are! However, reed is a term often used for sedges as well as some natural grasses. Nothing is straight forward is it! Technically rushes (and grasses) have a florescence or flower but as most of us think of them as not having a traditional flower-head I have included them under non-flowering plants. I wonder how long before someone points out my mistake?
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