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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 ...

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Overview

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

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"I highly recommend Weeds of the Northeast if you ever happen to be in a masochistic mood and don't have a sharp stick handy with which to poke yourself in the eye. As I leafed through the pages, wincing at the depressingly clear color photographs, a horrible sense of familiarity set in. Ninety-nine percent of the weeds were in my garden. It was like looking at a family album of all your least favorite relatives. There was mean and scary Great-Aunt Margaret (Scotch thistle); passive-aggressive Cousin Isobel with the mustache (hairy bittercress); Uncle Ralph with the drinking problem and disgusting table manners (prostrate pigweed). Despite the feeling of nausea that gripped me, I was able to gather much useful information of a scientific sort. As Nietzsche said, that which doesn't kill me makes me stronger, and so I suppose my encounter with an army of unnaturally über-weeds could be looked at as an exercise in character-building."—Horticulture, Jan/Feb 2005

"This impressive factual Weed Identification Manual, the first ever compiled of the Northeast, is thorough and well designed. . . . This is a distinctive book and reference guide on weeds, one that will be welcomed in a library, school, garden club, a gift for friends, and definitely a copy for yourself."—News of the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State

"This detailed and user-friendly guide identifies nearly 300 weedy plant species commonly found from southeastern Canada south to Virginia and west to Wisconsin. Sharp color photographs illustrate each plant in seed, seedling, and mature stages. In addition, plants can be readily distinguished using an identification key based on vegetative characteristics such as leaf orientation, leaf shape, and presence or absence of hairs. A handy fold-out chart helps with identification of those tricky grasses. Weeds that can be identified easily by characteristics such as thorns or milky sap are listed in a series of 'shortcut' tables."—The American Gardener

"The appeal of Weeds of the Northeast is broad, ranging from home gardeners to professional gold course managers to farmers. The book deserves a slot in the reference library."—American Reference Books Annual

"Weeds of the Northeast is the first comprehensive weed identification manual available for the northeastern region of the U.S. . . . The manual will facilitate appropriate weed management strategies in horticultural or agronomic cropping systems and will also serve home gardeners, landscape managers, pest management specialists, and allergist."—Weed Technology

"Lavishly illustrated and exceptionally well-done. . . . Here is a model to be emulated for California and other weedy areas of the United States and Canada."—Taxon 47

"This is a thorough and well-designed book that's been needed for a long time. The system of having both drawings and photographs accompanying the description of each plant will be of great help to amateur gardeners as well as to professional growers and horticulturists. The identification tables are also very useful."—Elisabeth Sheldon, author of A Proper Garden: On Perennials in the Border

"Knowing your opponents is the first step in weed prevention. Weeds of the Northeast is businesslike and well photographed—a useful tool for the conscientious gardener."—Barbara Damrosch, author of The Garden Primer

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

  • ISBN-13: 9780801483349
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Series: Comstock Book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 83,159
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

About This Book How to Identify a Weed Shortcut IdentificationTables

Vegetative Key to the Weeds

Spore Producers
Bryophyta Equisetaceae (Horsetail Family)

Monocots
Commelinaceae (Spiderwort Family)
Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)
Juncaceae (Rush Family)
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
Poaceae = Gramineae (Grass Family)

Dicots
Aizoaceae (Carpetweed Family)
Amaranthaceae (Amaranth Family)
Apiaceae = Umbelliferae (Carrot Family)
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)
Asteraceae = Compositae (Aster Family)
Brassicaceae = Cruciferae (Mustard Family)
Campanuaceae (Bellflower Family)
Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)
Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)
Convolvulaceae (Morningglory Family)
Cucurbitaceae (Gourd Family)
Dipsacaceae (Teasel Family)
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)
Fabaceae = Leguminosae (Pea or Bean Family)
Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)
Lamiaceae = Labiatae (Mint Family)
Lythraceae (Loosestrife Family)
Malvaceae (Mallow Family)
Onagraceae (Eveningprimrose Family)
Oxalidaceae (Woodsorrel Family)
Phytolaccaceae (Pokeweed Family)
Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)
Polygonaceae (Smartweed Family)
Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)
Primulaceae (Primrose Family)
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Rubiaceae (Madder Family)
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
Solanaceae (Nightshade Family)
Urticaceae (Nettle Family)
Violaceae (Violet Family)

Woody Plants
Anacardiaceae (Cashew Family)
Bignoniaceae (Trumpetcreeper Family)
Caprlfoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)
Celastraceae (Stafftree Family)
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Simaroubaceae (Quassia Family)
Solanaceae (Nightshade Family)
Vitaceae (Grape Family)

Hardwood Seedlings

Comparison Tables

Glossary Bibliography Index About the Authors

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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.

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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.

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