SOME SOUTH INDIAN GRASSES
Rai Bahadur K. RANGA ACHARIYAR,
Indian Agricultural Service, Agricultural College,
Fellow of the Madras University
C. TADULINGA MUDALIYAR, F.L.S.,
Agricultural College, Coimbatore.
PRINTED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT, GOVERNMENT PRESS.
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.
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.
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. Very few of