Fwd: [India_angiosperm_taxonomy] query about scientific names of grasses

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J.M. Garg

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Dec 1, 2008, 3:54:56 AM12/1/08
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From: anil kumar <crazyg...@yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2008 09:29:16 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: [India_angiosperm_taxonomy] query about scientific names of grasses
To: taxonomy grp <india_angios...@yahoogroups.com>

Respected members

i would like to know the scientific name of Kora grass from kerela
and tamilnadu which is used to make mats and sikki grass which is used
to make craft items in Madhubani and sitamari area of Bihar and
eastern uttar pradesh.

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J.M. Garg

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Dec 7, 2008, 7:33:41 AM12/7/08
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Here is a reply from D. Narsimhan ji:
"Dear Anil Kumar
Kora grass is a corrupted form of Korai, a word that denotes all sedges.
Korai that is used for plaiting mats comes from three species;
Cyperus pangorei  -- the specific epithet is a modified form of paikorai meaning matsedge.
C. corymbosus
C. exaltatus
Dr. P. Ravichandran, Reader, Sri Paramakalyani Centre for Environ. Science, Manonmanium Sundaranar University, Alwarkurichi, Tirunelveli Dist. Tamil Nadu has done a very good work on anatomy and histochemistry as well as on using natural dyes to colour thses sedges. You may please contact him for further details.
D. Narasimhan
Centre for Floristic Research
Madras Christian College
Chennai-600 059 "

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