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Identification Guide to Grasses and Bamboos in Madagascar

The family containing grasses and bamboos, Poaceae, includes an estimated 12,000 species. Grasses and bamboos have always been a central pillar of people’s lives, providing rice, maize, sugarcane, and bread wheat for humans and livestock. Despite their importance, Madagascar’s grasses are still poorly known. This guide provides a practical means of identifying these beautiful and interesting plants at the generic level, featuring 144 grasses described with life size color photographs.

168 pages | 190 color plates | 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 | © 2018

Biological Sciences: Botany

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“This vibrant compilation of currently available knowledge on the grass and bamboo genera present in Madagascar will also encourage botanists to devote more attention to collecting and studying this incredibly diverse family by helping them to identify material to the generic level. This guide will definitively dispel the myth that all grasses look the same.”


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