Weeds of the Northeast / Edition 1


Here, at last, is a lavishly illustrated manual for ready identification of 299 common and economically important weeds in the region south to Virginia, north to Maine and southern Canada, and west to Wisconsin. Based on vegetative rather than floral characteristics, this practical guide gives anyone who works with plants the ability to identify weeds before they flower.*A dichotomous key to all the species described in the book is designed to narrow the choices to a few possible species. Identification can then be confirmed by reading the descriptions of the species and comparing a specimen with the drawings and photographs.*A fold-out grass identification table provides diagnostic information for weedy grasses in an easy-to-use tabular key.*Specimens with unusual vegetative characteristics, such as thorns, square stems, whorled leaves, or milky sap, can be rapidly identified using the shortcut identification table. The first comprehensive weed identification manual available for the Northeast, this book will facilitate appropriate weed management strategy in any horticultural or agronomic cropping system and will also serve home gardeners and landscape managers, as well as pest management specialists and allergists.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Brown (founder of the North American Native Orchid Journal) provides a guide to 71 orchid species and varieties found growing wild in New England, New York, and adjacent areas of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with an emphasis on distribution and tips for locating flowering colonies. He describes several orchid "hotspots"e.g., The Northeast Kingdom (Vermont) and the Route 128 arc around Bostonincluding such unusual habitats as bogs and sand/gravel excavations near roads, which support certain orchid species. This book would be a natural for libraries in the region, but librarians may wish to compare it with William Chapman's Orchids of the Northeast (Syracuse Univ., 1996). Weeds of the Northeast is a more specialized reference to 298 species of weeds in agriculture, nurseries, gardens, turf areas, landscapes, and roadways. Entries detail the appearance of seedling and mature plants, flowers and fruits, habitat, distribution, and similar species. Special features include identification keys based on characteristics such as thorns, milky sap, and type of leaf; a dichotomous key to all described species; a grass identification table; and comparison tables for easily confused species. This book would certainly be valuable for identifying weeds in the region defined as Maine south to Virginia and west to Ohio and Wisconsin, but it does not provide guidance for controlling or eliminating them. Recommended for comprehensive gardening collections or botanical/agricultural libraries.Beth Clewis Crim, Prince William P.L., Va.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2580801483342
  • Manufacturer: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Series: Comstock Book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.92 (d)
  • These items ship to U.S. address only. No APO/FPO.

Table of Contents

About This Book 1
How to Identify a Weed 4
Shortcut Identification Tables 5
Vegetative Key to the Weeds 9
Spore Producers 18
Monocots 24
Dicots 88
Woody Plants 326
Hardwood Seedlings 354
Comparison Tables 363
Glossary 375
Bibliography 385
Index 389
About the Authors 397
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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    Excellent book to identify weeds

    If you have weeds that you're trying to identify then this is the book for you. It doesn't tell you how to get rid of them but knowing what they are is half the battle.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2009

    Comprehensive and Informative Identification with Color Photos

    This is an excellent plant identification book on "weeds," and at least one can see what pretty flowers, berries and interesting attributes "weeds" can have. May this book have a positive impact on the environmental ecosystem such as by helping "weeds" to be accepted as good plants to have also in the ecosystem. Eventually, maybe these plant identification books would be upgraded to include the weeds' contribution(s) to the ecosystem such as pollinators or visitors to the "weeds"--i.e., Milkweed's importance to the Monarch butterfly, etc. <BR/>Another excellent plant field guide is "Wildflowers in the Field and Forest: A Field Guide to the United States" by Steven Clemants and Carol Gracie (Oxford Universiy Press, 2006, Glassberg Publications) that B&N carries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

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    I love this book. It is thorough, well organized, easy to read, well illustrated and I use it repeatedly throughout the year to help me distinguish between weeds and potentially desirable seedlings in my lawn and garden. The author has selected photos depicting the plants throughout their life span and in a typical setting. Next edition should include garlic mustard! I am a master gardener and I highly recommend it to anyone hoping to take some of the mystery out of lawn and garden management and for any hiker or nature lover who wants to understand more about the 'weeds' in their midst.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2009

    Good reference

    This is a very good reference book for the Northeast. It is easy to use and pretty complete.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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