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Grasses

Panicum to Danthonia

Robert H. Mohlenbrock

Publication Year: 2001

Since the publication of the first edition of Grasses: Panicum to Danthonia in 1973, twenty additional taxa of grasses have been discovered in Illinois that are properly placed in this volume. In addition, numerous nomenclatural changes have occurred for plants already known from the state, and many distributional records have been added. This second edition updates the status of grasses in Illinois. Paul W. Nelson has provided illustrations for all of the additions.

Because the nature of grass structures is generally so different from that of other flowering plants, a special terminology is applied to them. In his introduction, Robert H. Mohlenbrock cites these terms, with descriptions that make the identification of unknown specimens possible. Mohlenbrock’s division of the grass family into subfamilies and tribes is a major departure from the sequence usually found in most floristic works in North America.

Synonyms that have been applied to species in the northeastern United States are given under each species. A description based primarily on Illinois material covers the more important features of the species. The common names—Paflic Grass, Billion Dollar Grass or Japanese Millett, Thread Love Grass, and Goose Grass—are the ones used locally in the state. The habitat designation and dot maps showing county distribution of each grass are provided only for grasses in Illinois, but the overall range for each species is also given.

 

Published by: Southern Illinois University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. vii-

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-xii

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Preface to the Second Edition

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pp. xiii-xiv

Since the publication of the first edition of Grasses: Panicum to Danthonia in 1973, twenty additional taxa of grasses have been discovered in Illinois that are properly...

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Preface

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pp. xv-

The grasses of Illinois will appear in two volumes of The Illustrated Flora of Illinois series. It follows publication of the ferns of Illinois and two volumes on monocotyledonous plants of Illinois. The series grew out of...

County Map of Illinois

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pp. xxiv-

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Introduction

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pp. 1-14

The nomenclature for species followed in this volume is based largely on that of Hitchcock ( 1950) in the Manual of the Grasses of the United States, except where recent monographs and revisions are available. The division of the grass family into subfamilies and tribes...

Illustrated Key to the GENERA of Grasses in Illinois

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pp. 15-41

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Descriptions and Illustrations

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pp. 42-358

Annual or perennial herbs (woody in the Bambusere); culms cylindrical, with usually hollow internodes and closed nodes; leaves alternate, z-ranked; sheaths usually free; ligule mostly present; inflorescence composed of (1-) several spikelets; spikelets 1- to several-flowered....

Appendix: Additions and Changes to the First Edition

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pp. 359-434

Summary of the Taxa of Grasses in Illinois

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pp. 435-436

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Species Excluded

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pp. 437-438

Aristida pallens Nutt. Mead's report (1846) of this species from Illinois is an error for A. oligantha. Arundinaria tecta (Walt.) Muhl. The several reports of this species from Illinois are misidentifications for A. gigantea. Cenchrus carolinianus...

Glossary

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pp. 439-442

Literature Cited

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pp. 443-448

Index of Plant Names

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pp. 449-455

Author Biography

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pp. 456-

Back Cover

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p. 482-482


E-ISBN-13: 9780809389995
Print-ISBN-13: 9780809323609

Page Count: 480
Publication Year: 2001