By: Robert Blaine Shaw and Institute of Renewable Natural Resources
1080 pages, 1357 colour & 34 b/w photos, 947 b/w line drawings, 645 b/w distribution maps
In this new, complete Guide to Texas Grasses, Robert B. Shaw and the team at the Texas A&M University Institute of Renewable Natural Resources provide an indispensable reference to the world’s most economically important plant family. After discussing the impact of grass on our everyday lives as food, biofuels, land restoration, erosion control, and water become ever more urgent issues worldwide – the book then provides: a description of the structure of the grass plant;details of the classification and distribution of Texas grasses; brief species accounts; distributional maps; color photographs; plus black-and-white drawings of 670 grass species – native, introduced, and ornamental. Scientific keys help identify the grasses to group, genera, and species, and an alphabetized checklist includes information on: origin (native or introduced); longevity (annual or perennial);growth season (cool or warm season); endangered status; and occurrence (by ecological zone).
A glossary, literature citations, and a quick index to genera round out the book. Guide to Texas Grasses is a comprehensive treatment of Texas grasses meant to assist students, botanists, ecologists, agronomists, range scientists, naturalists, researchers, extension agents, and others who work with or are interested in these important plants.
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Robert B. Shaw, professor of ecosystem science and management at Texas A&M University. Shaw coauthored (with Frank W. Gould) the second edition of Grass Systematics (Texas A&M University Press, 1983) and is the author of Grasses of Colorado.
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