Pooideae. –This subfamily is the largest in the grass family consisting of 4200 species and 194 genera (Table 2) and occurs in all regions of the world with a temperate climate in high latitudes and altitudes. It includes some of the world’s most prolific genera Festuca (635 species), Poa (544 species), Agrostis (219 species), Stipa (193 species), Bromus (160 species), Puccinellia (115 species), as well as many smaller and monotypic genera.
CLASSIFICATION OF GRASSES
Ideas on the classification of grasses are in a constant state of flux. Current work in this field is being conducted in many centres as can be seen from the proceedings the symposia on the classification and evolution of grasses from 1986 onwards (Soderstrom, Hilu, Campbell and Barkworth 1987; Jacobs and Everett 2000; J.T.Columbus et al 2007; Seberg et al. 2010).