Books for Nature Lovers
Guide to Grasses of southern Africa (Revised edition)
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Review By: Afgriland - September/October 2008 Volume 52 No 5

rasses make up die most important plant family on earth. As the first plants ever to be cultivated for food, it is still the most important source of nourishment (maize, wheat, rice, sugarcane, etc). Grass also plays a vital role in the ecology in terms of food for animals and protecting the soil from erosion. 

In this soft cover, 288 page, full-colour guie to the common grasses of Southern Africa, the author, Frits van Oudtshoorn, has included the following:

  • Descriptions and illustrations of the 300 most important grasses in Southern Africa
  • An easy-to-use grass identification key
  • More than 800 colour photographs
  • Distribution maps
  • Thirteen short, fully illustrated introductory chapters with general information on grasses, what grass is, grass and grazing, cultivated pasture, etc
  • A series of symbols (icons) to enable readers to obtain certain information about a specific grass at a glance, and
  • A questionnaire to test your knowledge

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