Lauren Brown and Ted Elliman have produced a delightful update to her 1979 Grasses: An Identification Guide. The new book retains the original organization, keys, descriptions, and fluid line drawings, with the addition of photographs, updated text and nomenclature, and a few new species (Microstegium, among others). This is an outstanding field guide for botanists who have been afraid to dip their toes into the world of wind-pollinated linear-leaved plants, featuring common species, simple keys, and clear illustrations. The book covers the northeastern United States, from Maine to Minnesota and south to Delaware and Iowa, with an updated and expanded introductory essay on the ecology and history of the American prairie.

For the most part, the book is organized by species, rather than by families or genera. There are comprehensive descriptions of the Juncaceae and of a...

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