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How To Identify Grasses: And Grasslike Plants [Paperback]

H.D. Harrington
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Jan. 1 1977
There is no easy was to identify grasses. And no one understood this better than H.D. Harrington, who observed thousands of students struggle and learn. His clear, concise, and well-organized guide will continue to be a basic and essential text for use in the classroom or in the field. The book contains over 500 drawings and an illustrated glossary.

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The late H.D. Harrington was Professor of Botany and Curator of the Herbarium at Colorado State University.

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As a former student of the late Dr. Harrington who taught me much about plant classification, I highly recommend this book. It is similar to his How to Identify Plants, but the diagrams are much better. It is a very thorough review of the morphology and terminology specific to sedges, rushes, and grasses. These are all very difficult families to identify and there are few books that so thoroughly describe the critical and unique morphology of these plants. This is a knowledge that is critical to the identification of these fascinating and important plants. Dr. Harrington also includes a section on the vegetative characteristics, especially of grasses. For field ecologists like myself, being able to identify plants without the flowers, especially grasses, is critical when doing quantitative sampling. If you are just a beginner in your pursuit of these difficult plants, this is an excellent and valuable resource. But for even the plant scientist this book provides an excellent reference to refresh your memory regarding the unique and important mophology of grasses, sedges, and rushes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Identify Grasses & Grasslike Plants April 9 2003
Format:Paperback
This book is practical and systematic. The topic is difficult, at best, and the author gives all the tools and understanding needed to build up your skills. As a consultant that works with native plant materials, I have found this book to be a useful field reference in separating out invasive species.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Best glossary March 12 2002
Format:Paperback
Not especially useful for beginner grass identification because concentrates on structural detail rather than overall appearance of growth. However, I recommend it for its excellent illustrated glossary.
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156 of 157 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent manual on morphology of these difficult groups. May 21 1999
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Format:Paperback
As a former student of the late Dr. Harrington who taught me much about plant classification, I highly recommend this book. It is similar to his How to Identify Plants, but the diagrams are much better. It is a very thorough review of the morphology and terminology specific to sedges, rushes, and grasses. These are all very difficult families to identify and there are few books that so thoroughly describe the critical and unique morphology of these plants. This is a knowledge that is critical to the identification of these fascinating and important plants. Dr. Harrington also includes a section on the vegetative characteristics, especially of grasses. For field ecologists like myself, being able to identify plants without the flowers, especially grasses, is critical when doing quantitative sampling. If you are just a beginner in your pursuit of these difficult plants, this is an excellent and valuable resource. But for even the plant scientist this book provides an excellent reference to refresh your memory regarding the unique and important mophology of grasses, sedges, and rushes.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Identify Grasses & Grasslike Plants April 9 2003
By Roy Leggitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is practical and systematic. The topic is difficult, at best, and the author gives all the tools and understanding needed to build up your skills. As a consultant that works with native plant materials, I have found this book to be a useful field reference in separating out invasive species.
40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The title is misleading! June 29 2009
By David Workman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Although the book title implies that if we use the book we will be able to identify different grasses, there isn't a shred of information it this book that will allow us to identify any grass species. The book seems to have been created for a class on grass biology. It has a lot of good pictures on the different parts of the grass plant. But for instance if we want to know what Big Bluestem grass looks like, or if we are looking at a plant and want to figure out what species it is, this book does not provide any of that information at all. If you are looking for a companion book to a class on grass biology, this book is great. If you want to try to identify grass species, this book is worthless without a lot of additional information.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Best glossary March 12 2002
By L. M. Hileman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Not especially useful for beginner grass identification because concentrates on structural detail rather than overall appearance of growth. However, I recommend it for its excellent illustrated glossary.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Preparing to identify grasses & grasslike plants! Dec 4 2009
By Randy J. Mercurio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My review title should have been the title of this book. I for the most part agree with all reviews up until the date of this one. This book will not allow you to identify a grass in your yard to a species; however, what it will do is give you a thorough overview of techniques and terminology associated with identifying grasses, sedges and rushes. It contains an illustrated glossary that is very useful. You will however need another book to get descriptions of various species found in the U.S. or elsewhere.
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