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A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses is a comprehensive and informative guide written by C. Tadulinga Mudaliyar, focusing on an often overlooked aspect of botany. The author's immense knowledge and passion for grasses is evident throughout the book, making it a valuable resource for both researchers and enthusiasts.

One of the book's strengths lies in its organization and structure. Mudaliyar presents the information in a clear and concise manner, making it easily accessible to readers of various backgrounds. The book is divided into sections that cover different aspects of grasses, such as their classification, habitat, and ecological significance. This arrangement allows readers to navigate through the material effortlessly and find the information they need.

The author's meticulous attention to detail is also commendable. Mudaliyar provides an extensive description and identification key for each grass species discussed in the book. Furthermore, he includes vivid illustrations and photographs, enhancing the reader's understanding and enabling them to differentiate between similar species. This visual component adds immense value to the book, offering a practical visual aid to accompany the written descriptions.

In addition to its scientific content, A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses also sheds light on the cultural and economic importance of grasses in the region. Mudaliyar delves into their significance in traditional medicines, livestock feed, handicrafts, and more. This broader perspective enriches the reader's understanding of grasses and their role in South Indian society.

However, one minor critique of the book is its limited scope. While Mudaliyar covers a considerable number of grass species, there are instances where some species or subspecies are not included. Expanding the coverage to include a wider range of grasses would have made the book even more comprehensive.

Overall, A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses is an invaluable resource for botanists, ecologists, and nature enthusiasts alike. Mudaliyar's passion for the subject shines through in his comprehensive and well-organized writing. The book's combination of informative text, identification keys, and visual aids make it a reliable reference for anyone interested in exploring the diverse world of South Indian grasses.

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BY RAI BAHADUR K. RANGA ACHARIYAR, M.A., L.T., Indian Agricultural Service, Agricultural College, Coimbatore, and Fellow of the Madras University

ASSISTED BY C. TADULINGA MUDALIYAR, F.L.S., Agricultural College, Coimbatore.


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This book is intended to serve as a guide to the study of grasses of the plains of South India. For the past few years I have been receiving grasses for identification, almost every week, from the officers of the Agricultural and Forest Departments and others interested in grasses. The requirements of these men and the absence of a suitable book induced me to write this book.

I have included in this book about one hundred grasses of wide distribution in the plains of South India. Many of them occur also in other parts of India. The rarer grasses of the plains and those growing on the hills are omitted, with a view to deal with them separately.

The value of grasses can be realized from the fact that man can supply all his needs from them alone, and their importance in agriculture is very great, as the welfare of the cattle is dependent upon grasses. Farmers, as a rule, take no interest in them, although profitable agriculture is impossible without grasses... Continue reading book >>

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