Field Guide to Grasses of California

Field Guide to Grasses of California

by James P. Smith Jr.
     
 

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Grasses and grasslands are of increasing interest to conservationists, biologists, and gardeners. There are more than 300 species of native California grasses and they are found in almost every climate—from cool, wet forests to hot, dry deserts. Native grasses are also important to land restoration as they improve soil quality, increase water infiltration,… See more details below

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Grasses and grasslands are of increasing interest to conservationists, biologists, and gardeners. There are more than 300 species of native California grasses and they are found in almost every climate—from cool, wet forests to hot, dry deserts. Native grasses are also important to land restoration as they improve soil quality, increase water infiltration, and recycle nutrients. Their deep roots can tap soil water, which allows them to stay green year-round and to act as fire buffers around residences. Native grasses also provide vital habitat for many species of insects, birds, reptiles, and mammals. Despite their importance, grasslands remain one of the most underprotected of California's vegetation types, and native grasslands have undergone the greatest percentage loss of any habitat type in the state. Grasses are also among the most difficult plants to identify. Organized alphabetically, Field Guide to Grasses of California covers common native and naturalized grasses and, to help identify them, also features over 180 color illustrations.

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CHOICE - J. Cummings

"Smith has written what should become the primary field guide to grasses in California."
Library Journal
09/01/2014
Smith (emeritus, botany, Humboldt State Univ.) taught agrostology, or the study of grasses, for 35 years. His field guide details the amazing array of waves of grain and related vegetation to be found in California, performing vital environmental roles in almost every climate (including deserts). Organized alphabetically, the book considers more than 300 species, including those threatened with extinction, accompanied by 180 color illustrations. Smith makes a plea for others to continue his work, as many grasses are not yet fully documented. VERDICT An illuminating labor of love from a grasses expert.

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ISBN-13:
9780520275676
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/12/2014
Series:
California Natural History Guides Series, #110
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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