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Field Guide to Grasses of the Mid-Atlantic

Sarah Chamberlain

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ISBN: 978-0-271-07869-4

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184 pages
6.25" × 10.5"
556 b&w illustrations/304 maps
2018

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Field Guide to Grasses of the Mid-Atlantic

Sarah Chamberlain

“For researchers and students of the region, this is a must-have text for any collection.”

 

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Grasses are among the most ubiquitous plants on the planet. They inhabit a wide geographic range and are found in a variety of natural habitats. The small parts of the grass flower and specialized terminology, however, can make identifying grasses a challenging endeavor. Sarah Chamberlain’s Field Guide to Grasses of the Mid-Atlantic makes identification simpler for everyone—regardless of their previous botanical knowledge.

Featuring an easy-to-use dichotomous key, this is a user-friendly guide to more than 300 types of grasses found from the Blue Ridge Mountains and southern plains to the Appalachians and the Allegheny Plateau. Each major entry contains detailed species diagrams as well as common names, habitats, and distribution. The book’s opening sections outline the parts of grass flowers and describe stem, leaf, and sheath characteristics.

With a wealth of illustrations, instructions on how to use the key, and a glossary of terms, Field Guide to Grasses of the Mid-Atlantic is an indispensable reference for naturalists and conservationists, botanists, land management professionals, and students and scholars of mid-Atlantic flora.

“For researchers and students of the region, this is a must-have text for any collection.”
“Wide species coverage makes this a most useful guide on a topic rarely covered. It is appropriate for amateur plant enthusiasts; professionals will also find it appealing. The numerous excellent illustrations and icons for key couplets are very helpful.”

Sarah Chamberlain is an Assistant Research Professor at Riparia, a research center in the Department of Geography and curator of the Penn State (PAC) Herbarium.

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

How to Use This Guide

General Suggestions

Deciphering a Grass Entry

Parts of the Grass

Disarticulation

Roots and Rhizomes (Perennial versus Annual)

Illustrated Characteristics of Grass Parts

Some Unusual Grasses

General Key

Genera Keys

Agrostis

Aira

Alopecurus

Andropogon

Anthoxanthum

Aristida

Avena

Brachyelytrum

Briza

Bromus

Calamagrostis

Calamovilfa

Cenchrus

Chasmanthium

Cinna

Cynosurus

Danthonia

Deschampsia

Diarrhena

Dichanthelium

Digitaria

Echinochloa

Elymus

Eragrostis

Festuca and Schedonorus

Glyceria

Gymnopogon

Holcus

Hordeum

Leersia

Leptochloa

Lolium

Melica

Muhlenbergia

Panicum

Paspalum

Phalaris

Piptatherum

Poa

Puccinellia

Saccharum

Setaria

Sorghum

Spartina

Sphenopholis

Sporobolus

Urochloa

Vulpia

Zizania

References

Plant Index

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