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Field Guide to Wisconsin Grasses
     

Field Guide to Wisconsin Grasses

by Emmet J. Judziewicz, Robert W. Freckmann, Lynn G. Clark, Merel R. Black
 

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Grasses are the foremost plant family of prairies, savannas, barrens, many agricultural landscapes, lawns, and successional habitats throughout Wisconsin, yet they are notoriously difficult to identify. This field guide to 232 species of Wisconsin grasses includes more than 1,100 illustrations. Setting a new standard as the first new, illustrated midwestern grass

Overview

Grasses are the foremost plant family of prairies, savannas, barrens, many agricultural landscapes, lawns, and successional habitats throughout Wisconsin, yet they are notoriously difficult to identify. This field guide to 232 species of Wisconsin grasses includes more than 1,100 illustrations. Setting a new standard as the first new, illustrated midwestern grass identification manual to appear since the 1960s, it provides up-to-date, comprehensive information for naturalists, gardeners, landscapers, nursery horticulturalists, community restoration professionals, agronomists and biologists, and any outdoors lover.

The book includes:
• species descriptions and distribution maps for all 232 species
• more than 700 color photographs accompanying species descriptions
• drawings of most species
• chapters on grass morphology and grasses in natural communities
• keys to all species, including an illustrated key to genera
• a glossary of grass terminology.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is a beautifully illustrated book that offers a fully up-to-date treatment of the grasses in a modern systematic framework. It is concise yet thorough and quite readable. I wish this book were available when I was learning grasses!"—Anton Reznicek, University of Michigan

"A needed resource for Wisconsin, with up-to-date nomenclature and classification, a comprehensive roster of the state's grass species, new keys, and expanded species descriptions."—Andrew Hipp, author of Field Guide to Wisconsin Sedges

“The first chapter on morphology is a first-rate primer on the terminology of grasses. . . . The pages are adorned with excellent color photographs with everything cleanly labeled. . . . The keys to genera work. . . . The glossary is a model of clarity.”—Plant Science Bulletin

“An excellent resource. . . . Many of the species can be found in adjacent states and provinces, and thus this guide will have appeal to a wider audience beyond Wisconsinites.”—The Prairie Naturalist

“Detailed, carefully labeled drawings and photos make understanding grass structure, ecology, and morphology easy. An illustrated key to certain genera and the rest of the keys provide a simple and logical beginning. . . . Photos, drawings, and distribution maps complement species descriptions. . . . This is a model field guide to grasses.”—Choice

  • “[A] superior resource. . . . There are a number of features that set this book apart as a field guide. The first is a quick survey of the main types of grass flowers. . . . Another welcome feature . . . is a compilation of lists of grass species commonly encountered in varying habitats, as well as lists of species distinguished by unusual morphological characteristics. . . . The illustrations are wonderful. . . . I expect this book will quickly become the standard field manual for grass identification, not only in Wisconsin but for adjacent states and provinces.”—Ecological Restoration

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299301347
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
11/13/2014
Edition description:
1
Pages:
356
Sales rank:
584,037
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Emmet J. Judziewicz is a professor of biology and director of the Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and coauthor with Merel R. Black of Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. Robert W. Freckmann is a professor emeritus  of biology at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. Lynn G. Clark is the director of the Iowa Ada Hayden Herbarium and a professor of biology at Iowa State University. Merel R. Black is a research associate at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and manages the "Plants of Wisconsin" website.

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