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Sugarcane

Sugarcane. A giant perennial grass, Saccharum officinarum, whose stems or canes can grow to a height of 10 to 20 feet and whose sap contains sucrose (q.v.) in concentrations of 16% to 20%, making it the world's leading source of sugar (q.v.) and molasses (q.v.). It is widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions.