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Humble yet vital, grasses are the ultimate staple crop, influencing our lives throughout humanity's biological, sociological and cultural history. Grasses cover approximately one-quarter of the planet's land surface; four species - wheat, rice, maize and sugar - provide 60 per cent of human calorie intake. Almost all of us at some point play on, relax on, plant, tend or harvest grasses for our own pleasure or sustenance, yet for all that their importance to us is not commonly understood.This book explains the profound and oft-neglected importance of the botanical marvel. Featuring numerous botanical images as well as many fine examples from art and popular culture, Grasses is a must-have for gardeners, food lovers and environmentalists alike.