Weeds of the Midwestern United States and Central Canada

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Weeds threaten the safe, efficient, and sustainable production of food, feed, fiber, and biofuel throughout the world. Featuring more than fourteen hundred full-color photographs, this handy guide provides essential information on more than 350 of the most troublesome weedy and invasive plants found in the midwestern United States and central Canada.

Drawing on the expertise of more than forty weed scientists and botanists, the guide identifies each plant at various stages of its life and offers useful details about its origin, habitat, morphology, biology, distribution, and toxic properties. The book also includes illustrations of the most common characteristics of plants and terms used to describe them, a key to plant families included in the book, a glossary of frequently used terms, a bibliography, and indexes of scientific and common plant names.

This is an essential guide for agronomists, crop and soil scientists, horticulturists, botanists, Cooperative Extension Service agents, farmers, gardeners, students in agriculture and biology, lawn care professionals, green industry professionals, nursery owners, government quarantine workers, and land preservationists.

Each species account includes:

  • Up to four full-color photographs showing seed, seedling, plant, flower, and other unique plant features
  • Distribution map
  • For grasses, a line drawing of the collar, where the leaf joins the stem, an important identifying characteristic
  • Scientific names, common names, and local synonyms of common names
  • Vegetative characteristics for seedlings and leaves
  • Special identifying characteristics
  • Reproductive characteristics
  • Toxic properties

States and provinces covered:

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas (northeastern)
  • Kentucky (northern)
  • Manitoba (southern half)
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri (upper half)
  • Nebraska (eastern)
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Ontario (southern half)
  • Quebec (southwestern corner)
  • Saskatchewan (southeastern)
  • South Dakota (eastern half)
  • Wisconsin
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Overall, Weeds of the Midwestern United States & Central Canada is an excellent publication. It will be a valuable guide for plant identification to producers, homeowners, and weed professionals."--The Prairie Naturalist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820335063
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 572,703
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles T. Bryson is a research botanist for the United States Department of Agriculture‚ÄďAgricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) at the Southern Weed Science Research Unit in Stoneville, Mississippi. Michael S. DeFelice is a senior manager at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. Bryson and DeFelice are authors of Weeds of the South. Arlyn W. Evans is a retired research biologist for E. I. duPont de Nemours & Co.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Introduction 1
Common Terminology 5
Keys to Plant Families 13
Plant Fmailies
Nonflowering Plants
Equisetaceae (Horsetail) 23
Dennstaeditaceae (Fern) 27
Flowering Plants
MAgnoliopsida - Dicots
Aceraceae (Maple) 31
Amaranthaceae (Pigweed) 32
Anacardiaceae (Cashew) 40
Apiaceae (Parsley) 43
Apocynaceae (Dogbane) 47
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed) 48
Bignoniaceae (Bignonia) 135
Boraginaceae (Borage) 136
Brassicaceae (Mustard) 140
Cactaceae (Cactus) 164
Campanulaceae (Bellflower) 166
Cannabaceae (Hemp) 167
Capparaceae (Caper) 168
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle) 170
Caryophyllaceae (Pink) 173
Chenopodiaceae (goosefoot) 183
Clusiaceae (St. Johnswort) 189
Convolvulaceae (Morningglory) 190
Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber) 196
Cuscutaceae (Dodder) 199
Dipsacaceae (Teasel) 201
Elaeagnaceae (Olive) 203
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge) 205
Fabaceae (Bean) 216
Geraniaceae (Geranium) 228
Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf) 229
Lamiaceae (Mint) 230
Lythraceae (Loosestrife) 238
Malvaceae (Mallow) 239
Molluginaceae (Carpetweed) 245
Moraceae (Mulberry) 246
Nyctaginaceae (Four o'clock) 247
Onagraceae (Evening primrose) 248
Oxalidaceae (Wood sorrel) 248
Pedaliaceae (Unicorn-plant) 252
Phytolaccaceae (Pokeweed) 253
Plantaginaceae (Plantain) 254
Polugonaceae (Buckwheat) 259
Portulacaceae (Purslane) 269
Primulaceae (Primrose) 270
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) 271
Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn) 274
Rosaceae (Rose) 275
Rubiaceae (Madder) 279
Saururaceae (Lizardtail) 283
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort)
Simaroubaceae (Quassia) 293
Solanaceae (Nightshade) 294
Urticaceae (Nettle) 303
Verbenaceae (Vervain) 304
Violaceae (Violet) 307
Vitaceae (Grape) 311
Zygophyllaceae (Caltrop) 312
Alismataceae (Water plantain) 315
Commelinaceae (Spiderwort) 316
Cyperaceae (Sedge) 317
Juncaceae (Rush) 325
Lemnaceae (Duckweed) 326
Liliaceae (Lily) 327
Poaceae (Grass) 330
Pontederiaceae (Pickerel-weed) 386
Typhaceae (Cattail) 387
Glossary 389
Bibliography 403
Contributors 409
Photo Credits 413
Index 415
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