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Guide to Grasses of Southern Africa [Paperback]

Frits van Oudtshoorn
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13 Dec 1999
Grasses were the first plants to be cultivated by man for food and are still the most important food crop. Grass also plays a vital role in the ecology in terms of food for animals and protecting the soil from erosion. Other features are: an easy-to-use grass identification key, more than 800 colour photographs and a series of icons that enable the reader to obtain certain information at a glance.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Briza (13 Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1875093176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1875093175
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,650,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 6 Dec 2010
This is a very specialist book but is is well written and very easy to understand.

Buy this book if interested in the topic area.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, but more information please! 29 Mar 2007
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The organisation of the book is logical, based on inflorescence types, making it easy to jump to the appropriate section. My main issue with the book is the inconsistency in detail between species, e.g. for one species there will be plenty of description of the leaves and for the next species no mention of leaves at all! This makes for difficult comparisons when trying to decide between two species. Still, from what I've been told by South Africans, this is the most comprehensive guide out there. Even with my completely novice skills (regarding grasses AND the region), I was quite comfortable using this book and confidently indentifying a number of grass species or genuses.
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