Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, 2015. 536 pages, paperback
The Grasses constitute one of the largest families of flowering plants, with estimates of numbers suggesting more than 12,000 species. They can scarcely be challenged as the ‘most important plant family’ to humanity, providing all our cereals as well as forming a substantial component of pastures for grazing livestock.
With clear text, and detailed illustrations and photographs this book describes the structure of grasses and some similar groups, explains the language used in their description, and describes the process of identiﬁcation. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest or profession that touches on these fascinating and important plants, including those involved in agriculture and crop production, as well as natural resource managers. It will greatly facilitate the successful use of the standard identification manuals available for most parts of the world. The drawings and photographs, emphasising structural details, illustrate 131 species of Grasses, 38 Sedges, 16 Rushes, 16 Restios, Rope-rushes and allies, and 2 species of Typha (Bulrushes). Covering over 200 species, this will assist with the recognition of many common plants along roadsides or in pastures.