Agnes Chase's First Book of Grasses: The Structure of Grasses Explained for Beginners / Edition 4

Agnes Chase's First Book of Grasses: The Structure of Grasses Explained for Beginners / Edition 4

by Lynn G. Clark, Agnes Chase, Richard Walter Pohl
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560986565

ISBN-13: 9781560986560

Pub. Date: 04/28/1996

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press

For almost seventy-five years, Agnes Chase's First Book of Grasses has been the classic guide to the structure of this complex group of plants. Clearly written and copiously illustrated with line drawings, the book is accessible to those with little or no botanical training, yet it also is respected by botanists as an authoritative introduction to

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For almost seventy-five years, Agnes Chase's First Book of Grasses has been the classic guide to the structure of this complex group of plants. Clearly written and copiously illustrated with line drawings, the book is accessible to those with little or no botanical training, yet it also is respected by botanists as an authoritative introduction to agrostology.

Last updated in 1959, the book now has been thoroughly revised to reflect current scientific knowledge, nomenclature, and classification. Divided into twelve lessons, the guide first surveys the basic vegetative and reproductive parts of a grass plant, then in succeeding lessons takes up increasingly more complex modifications. Formally recognized groups of grasses are discussed in a taxonomic context, with the principal focus on grass structures, particularly those of inflorescences and spikelets. Virtually all of the species discussed are illustrated with detailed line drawings. With the addition in this edition of a lesson on bamboos, coverage now extends to tropical regions and encompasses all major groups of grasses. The book also includes a short biography of Agnes Chase in the foreword and, for the first time in this edition, a glossary accompanies the appendices on grass classification.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560986560
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
846,023
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction1
Lesson 1The Basic Morphology of Grasses17
Lesson 2Modifications of the Spikelet28
Lesson 3Pedicellate Spikelets of Few to Many Florets32
Lesson 4Sessile Spikelets in Two Sided Spikes39
Lesson 5Pedicellate Spikelets with Large Glumes and Other Modifications46
Lesson 6Pedicellate One-Flowered Spikelets50
Lesson 7Sessile Spikelets in One-Sided Spikes58
Lesson 8Spikelets of Florets Falling in Fascicles63
Lesson 9Spikelets with Membranaceous Glumes and Hardened Fertile Florets68
Lesson 10Paired Spikelets with Hardened Glumes and Membranaceous Lemmas79
Lesson 11Highly Specialized Unisexual Spikelets87
Lesson 12The Bamboos and the Rices94
How to Study Grasses105
Synopsis of Grass Classification109
Useful References for the Study of Grasses121
Glossary122
Index to Grass Names129

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