Request books on grass identification

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Mahesh Iyer

Jul 2, 2011, 1:21:16 PM7/2/11
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Dear all,

May I request the learned forum to suggest some good field guides or
handbooks on identification of Indian grasses? I would be grateful.

Thank you in advance

Sqn Ldr SS Mahesh (retd)
New Delhi

raghu ananth

Jul 3, 2011, 3:34:08 PM7/3/11
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- AICRP, Velinakkara Centre -  Kerala Agriculture University (Mannuthy, Thrissur) has published a bulletin on Common Weeds of Rice eco system (1998) by C G Thomas and C T Abraham. 
This book, a kind of semi-technical in nature covers around 21 different common grass species and mentions 15 occasionally found species in Kerala state. Key identification characteristics, ecological features and importance are described with neat illustrations from live specimens.  (This book also covers 16 Sedges, 33 Broad leaf weeds, 3 ferns and an algae.  topics like -purely rain fed upland rice (rice growing System)  which are giving way to rubber and other commercial crops are also covered in detail). Family names, common English name, Malayalam common names, current scientific name of the plants are systematically written for each species. )
Pages -84, 
Price Rs.30/- 
Available in Agriculture and Horticulture  departmental book store.

Pls find attached front cover page and few sample diagrams from the book.

Other references
- Flora of Kerala Grasses, Botanical survey of India, Calcutta 1991, Sreekumar P V and Nair V J
- Eflora group -Search for Grass Week: -  good photographs, discussions and coverage from different states.
- Flowers of India web site has  beautifully illustrated new section on Grass kinds. Get a hang on the navigation & quick search features..  you can then identify many of the grass species yourself... I'm sure it will be educative and  a joy to behold.


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Jul 4, 2011, 12:14:08 AM7/4/11
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Dear Mahesh Ji

There is an old book (not very old though i dont remember the year)
entitled Grasses of Punjab and Chandigarh, published by Panjab
university Press, written by Prof. M. L. Sharma, Department of Botany,
Panjab University Chandigarh. Prof Sharma is now Prof Emeritus and
visits department occasionally. but you can contact him on the address
i mentioned above, the book is really good and covers almost 100
species of grasses with illustrations and detailed field description.
i dont have a copy right now but as soon as i get one i will send it
to you. but you please also try at your end....


Ritesh Choudhary

Jul 4, 2011, 12:55:37 AM7/4/11
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Grasses of Burma, Ceylon, India & Pakistan

(by N.L. Bor) is a wonderful book on grasses.


Mahesh Iyer

Jul 4, 2011, 5:21:17 AM7/4/11
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Dear all,

Thank you so much for your kind suggestions. Would explore as

Best regards
Sqn Ldr SS Mahesh (retd)

Balkar Arya

Jul 4, 2011, 9:20:09 AM7/4/11
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Know your grasses through handlens by SR Yadav Shivaji Uni Kolhapur

Dr Balkar Singh
Head, Deptt. of Botany and Biotechnology
Arya P G College, Panipat
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