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  • Paperback: 525 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 2 edition (June 1, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486227170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486227177
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1998
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The two volume set published by Dover is a reprint of A.S. Hitchcock's 1950 Manual of the Grasses (2nd Ed.). But don't let that fool you. Perhaps some names have changed in the last 50 years, but the grasses remain the same. Here is one of the greatest sources of informaton on US grasses in the most compact form that can be found anywhere: descriptons, illustrations, distribution (which may be more of historic value than current), and, in the case of many exotics, history of introductions. There's even a synonymy. Yes, you'll need a current manual, but if you are interested in grasses in the US, then Hitchcock belongs on your shelf, too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Vanover on October 21, 2007
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As a botany student any publication by Hitchcock is the best. Only comment is that there is additional vital data in the second volume which I was not aware of until I was in the throws of identifying some grasses!! That being said Vol 2 is on my wish list. - It is a very nice supplement to Flora of the Pacific Northwest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Coderpitt on November 9, 2008
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When you can't find grasses in other books, this is one of the more comprehensive grass books. This is a must have for anyone who has to identify plants anywhere in the US.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 27, 2013
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This two volume set was a landmark in its field. The taxonomy has changed a bit in the last 60 years but as someone else here noted, the grasses haven't changed and these books have the best illustrations and descriptions, and also botanical keys, to learn to identify them. Illustrated by Agnes Chase, who worked directly under Hitchcock for several decades, you can't get any better than this.

If you're new to grasses and want a primer to get a handle on the basic anatomy and structure I would strongly recommend you get Chase's A First Book of Grasses, which remains a little classic. It uses a top down approach, giving you the concepts of the genera from the standpoint of the grass spikelet being a reduced, leafy, flowering branch. From there it starts with the simplest spikelets that have remained relatively unchanged and proceeds to the grasses that have diverged the most from the original, basic plan and are often more specialized. If you combine Chase and Hitchcock's books you'll have the best of both approaches.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hollister Bulldawg on June 28, 2012
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I bought both volume 1 and volume 2 of this book. What a great book. Brought back nice memories of sitting in the botany lab pulling Bromus rigidus apart for experiments. Easy to use, great keys, fine b&w illustrations. Once the grass morphology terms clicked into the brain again it was very easy to use. Vol 2 has the glossary and index, so buying both volumes is recommended.
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