(also sugarcane /ˈSHo͝oɡərˌkān/)
A perennial tropical grass with tall stout jointed stems from which sugar is extracted. The fibrous residue can be used as fuel, in fiberboard, and for a number of other purposes.
- Genus Saccharum, family Gramineae: several species, in particular S. officinarum and its hybrids.
- However, the economy is primarily agrarian, with principal crops of rice, sugar cane, maize, and wheat.
- On the Pacific Coast they grow rice, cotton, sugar cane, and barley for sale.
- Like all grasses, sugar cane has a jointed stem, and its leaves and branches come from the shoots at each joint.
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