- Publisher: Dover; First edition thus. edition (January 1, 1971)
- ASIN: B00P7BANUY
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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Common Weeds of the United States Paperback – January 1, 1971
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“Common Weeds of the United States” is a traditional id guide to 224 weeds of the continental United States. There are no control measures listed, just the id of the weeds. Chosen for inclusion are weeds that are “prevalent weeds in croplands, grazing lands, noncroplands and aquatic sites.” The introduction states that this set of weeds was selected by weed scientists largely from the composite list of 1,775 weeds published by the Weed Science Society of America in WEEDS 14: 347-386, 1966. Thus, if the reader wants to identify down to the species, the reader should further id the weed in more complete manuals. But this is a good guide to get close.
The scientific nomenclature is that of the Weed Science Society of America. The organization is the traditional evolutionary order of the plant families and then alphabetical by scientific name., genus then specie. Common names, as listed by the Weed Science Society of America, are listed also.
Each weed has two pages. On one page is a scientific description of the weed. The introduction states: “The descriptions are semi technical, with the terminology simplified wherever possible.” This is true, compared to say, Gray's Manuals. But the reader will need basic knowledge of the scientific descriptive terms and style of descriptions of botany. The drawings are drawings. There are not photographs. The drawings are good, but of the old botanical drawing school. Once the reader adjusts to drawings instead of photographs, the drawings are clear and distinct. The details of the seeds are very good.
This is an excellent, traditional guide to common weeds. Considering the cost of updating this to color photography and printing and the most likely audience of trained professionals, this is a good tradeoff. For the layman, or common person who idly wants to know what that weed is, this is a little too scientific.
Amazon lists another book by the same name and publisher from 1971, so this is an ongoing series of editions.