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How many grasses can you name?

According to Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Honorary Associate Ian Clarke and author of the recently published book Name those grasses, grasses constitute one of the largest families of flowering plants in existence and are arguably among the most important plant families to humanity, providing cereals as well as a substantial component of grazing pastures.

Name those grasses: identifying grasses, sedges and rushes, covers over 200 species with drawings and photographs of 131 species of Grasses, 38 Sedges, 16 Rushes, 16 Restios, Rope-rushes and allies, and two species of Typha (Bulrushes) and is supported by text that describes the process of grass identification.

Ian says that the somewhat cryptic nature of Grass flowers, and some superficially similar species, has usually seen identification left to the expert.

Name those grasses will be of value to anyone with an interest in or profession that touches on these fascinating plants including agronomists, botanists, farmers, turf managers and teachers or anyone with an interest in identifying grasses.

“The book will help readers make use of standard identification manuals applicable to their regions; for example, for locals that means the Flora of Victoria volumes. It does this by explaining and illustrating the botanical language. 

“In this regard it’s more of an added resource than a one-stop-shop for identification in its own right, although, of course, it can be used to identify the over 200 species referenced in the book.”

Name those grasses: identifying grasses, sedges and rushes by Ian Clarke is now available at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria gift shop for RRP $48.


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