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The present detailed study on the grasses of Tamil Nadu reveals that the grass flora of the State is represented by about 447 species (about one third of the total in India) distributed in 136 genera and 19 tribes.
Foreword. Preview. Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Study area: 1. Situation and topography. 2. Rivers and water resources. 3. Geology. 4. Soils. 5. Climate. Previous work. Observations and discussion: 1. General pattern of vegetation. 2. Grass plant--morphological variations. 3. Economic importance. 4. Diversity. 5. Endemism, rarity and conservation. 6. Phytogeographic affinities. 7. Excluded species. Important results. Systematic treatment. Selected references. Index.