This elegant and easy-to-use guide is an updated and amended revision of Lauren Brown's seminal Grasses: An Identification Guide, which was first published in 1979. While maintaining the spirit and goals of the original edition – a portable, straightforward, and user-friendly guide for naturalists and plant enthusiasts – the new edition features over one hundred grasses, sedges, and rushes found in the northeast of the USA that are presented with line drawings and colour photographs, concise descriptions, and details on the uses of various plants throughout history.
In addition, the authors are careful to highlight the subtle differences in similar species to avoid confusion, as well as offering relevant notes on plant survival strategies, invasiveness, and how different plants fit within the broader ecological landscape. Devoid of technical jargon, Grasses, Sedges, Rushes: An Identification Guide is an indispensable tool for those curious about the often-overlooked grasses, sedges, and rushes that surround us.
Lauren Brown is a botanist whose previous books include Grasses: An Identification Guide, Weeds in Winter, and Grasslands. Ted Elliman worked for many years for Native Plant Trust (formerly New England Wildflower Society) and is the author of Wildflowers of New England.
"Brown's homey and friendly illustrations, in combination with clear diagnostic photos, make for an important book that can be an entryway into the world of grasses."
– Bryan Connolly, Framingham State University
"A significant aid and resource for those of us seeking to deepen our understanding of the tremendous diversity of plant life on this miraculous planet."
– Ted Watt, Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Amherst MA
"No one will be able to claim that the identification of grasses, sedges, and rushes, which are of fundamental importance both environmentally and economically, are simply 'too difficult' after they have learned to use this excellent guide."
– Peter Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden
"Lauren Brown's Grasses: An Identification Guide is a trusted resource I've known for decades. It is wonderful to see a natural history masterpiece updated so beautifully. Grasses, Sedges, Rushes: An Identification Guide will take an honored place among my core reference books."
– Patrick Lynch, author of A Field Guide to Cape Cod
"The classic practical guide to some of most ubiquitous – but most overlooked – of all the plants around us."
– Peter Crane, author of Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot
"Exquisitely detailed photographs of all the species in this classic make it even more useful for identifying common grass-like plants, while keeping the delightful text and drawings that go beyond mere classification."
– Emily Southgate, author of People and the Land Through Time