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.
How to Use This Guide
Deciphering a Grass Entry
Parts of the Grass
Roots and Rhizomes (Perennial versus Annual)
Illustrated Characteristics of Grass Parts
Some Unusual Grasses
Festuca and Schedonorus
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.