Grasses, Sedges, Rushes

An Identification Guide

Lauren Brown and Ted Elliman; Original drawings by Lauren Brown; Foreword by Jerry Jenkins

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A portable, practical and expertly illustrated field guide to over one hundred grasses, sedges, and rushes—winner of 2020 Library Journal Best Reference Pick of the Year in the Science & Technology category
 
“No one will be able to claim that the identification of grasses, sedges, and rushes . . . are simply ‘too difficult’ after they have learned to use this excellent guide.”—Peter Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden
 
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 more than one hundred grasses, sedges, and rushes that are presented with line drawings and color 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, this volume 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.

"A classic in the nature field-guide genre."—Library Journal, Starred Review

"Devoid of technical jargon, this volume is an indispensable tool for those curious about the often-overlooked grasses, sedges, and rushes that surround us."—Northeastern Naturalist

"The user will never again claim that 'grasses all look alike.'"—Marilandica

“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

“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
 

"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
 

“The original version of this book has been an invaluable resource to my students, allowing them to crack the code of grass identification.  This updated version is even better than the original and I know my students will love it!”—Kevin Dodge, Director of Natural Resources & Wildlife Technology, Garrett College, McHenry, Maryland

 

“We have found Grasses, Sedges and Rushes to be the most accessible introduction to graminoids for our Field Botany students. The photos are a great improvement over the first edition.”—Brian Maynard, Professor, Department of Plant Sciences & Entomology, University of Rhode Island

“The photos added to Lauren Brown’s original work complement her excellent illustrations and make the book more appealing than ever, plus the many updates enhance learning about these important and fascinating plant groups.”—Paul Somers, coauthor of The Vascular Plants of Massachusetts: A County Checklist

“Lauren Brown and Ted Elliman have done an admirable job making this important but sometimes intimidating group of plants more approachable.”—Michael Homoya, author ofWildflowers and Ferns of Indiana Forests: A Field Guide

“For someone who has been challenged with the identity of these under-appreciated plants for years, I now have great confidence to give it a go!”—Bonnie Drexler, former Education Director, Native Plant Trust

Winner of 2020 Library Journal Best Reference Pick of the Year in the Science & Technology category
ISBN: 9780300236774
Publication Date: August 18, 2020
272 pages, 5 3/4 x 8
147 color + 416 b/w illus.