Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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p. vii

We are especially grateful to the staff of the Wisconsin State Herbarium in Madison, especially to Hugh H. Iltis, Theodore S. Cochrane, Mark A. Wetter, and Ken Cameron for their help over the years for providing access to the herbarium and the statewide specimen database. We are also grateful to the...

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Morphology: Grass Structure

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pp. 3-22

A grass is an herbaceous plant in the family called the Poaceae. Grasses are differentiated from all other plants by their possession of a compound inflorescence of discrete, small inflorescences called spikelets, usually composed of two glumes and one to many florets, each floret usually composed of a...

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Agrostology: The Study of Grasses

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pp. 23-32

The scientific names used in this book follow the current generic concepts of “A Worldwide Phylogenetic Classification of the Poaceae (Gramineae)” by Soreng et al. (2014). For species epithets, we have followed the accepted names in the Tropicos Plant Database (2014). If either Fassett’s...

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Grasses in Wisconsin Plant Communities

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pp. 33-60

Grasses occur in a wide variety of natural communities in Wisconsin, and this chapter aims to briefly describe the major plant communities with which grasses are associated, drawing freely on the descriptions presented in Black and Judziewicz (2009). For further information on other plants and plant communities, we recommend these books and resources: Curtis...

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Keys to the Grass Genera of Wisconsin

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pp. 61-90

Learning to identify grasses is challenging and requires a significant investment of time. Yet, you will feel a real sense of accomplishment as you learn to recognize more and more genera both by spikelet structure and, with experience, by the overall look or “gestalt” of the plants, even when you are...

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Field Guide to Wisconsin Grasses

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pp. 91-320

The golden, densely flowered, narrow bottlebrush- or comb-like spikes are distinctive. Several Eurasian species; the following is well established in the western United States and spreading via roads and railroads to the Midwest. Differentiated from related genera...

Glossary

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pp. 321-326

References

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pp. 327-330

Illustration Credits

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pp. 331-334

Taxonomic Index

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pp. 335-346