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Field Guide to Wisconsin Grasses
Emmet J. Judziewicz, Robert W. Freckmann, Lynn G. Clark, and Merel R. Black

“This is a beautifully illustrated book that offers a fully up-to-date treatment of the grasses in a modern systematic framework. It is concise yet thorough and quite readable. I wish this book were available when I was learning grasses!”
—Anton Reznicek, University of Michigan

Grasses are the foremost plant family of prairies, savannas, barrens, many agricultural landscapes, lawns, and successional habitats throughout Wisconsin, yet they are notoriously difficult to identify. This field guide to 232 species of Wisconsin grasses includes more than 1,100 illustrations. Setting a new standard as the first new, illustrated midwestern grass identification manual to appear since the 1960s, it provides up-to-date, comprehensive information for naturalists, gardeners, landscapers, nursery horticulturalists, community restoration professionals, agronomists and biologists, and any outdoors lover.

The book includes:

  • species descriptions and distribution maps for all 232 species
  • more than 700 color photographs accompanying species descriptions
  • drawings of most species
  • chapters on grass morphology and grasses in natural communities
  • keys to all species, including an illustrated key to genera
  • a glossary of grass terminology.


Author. Photo credit, Name

Emmet J. Judziewicz (left) is a professor of biology and director of the Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and coauthor with Merel R. Black of Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. Robert W. Freckmann is a professor emeritus of biology at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. Lynn G. Clark is the director of the Iowa Ada Hayden Herbarium and a professor of biology at Iowa State University. Merel R. Black is a research associate at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and manages the “Plants of Wisconsin” website. The late Elsie H. Froeschner drew most of the illustrations, and the late Anna Gardner took many of the habit and spikelet photographs.





“Detailed, carefully labeled drawings and photos make understanding grass structure, ecology, and morphology easy. An illustrated key to certain genera and the rest of the keys provide a simple and logical beginning. . . . Photos, drawings, and distribution maps complement species descriptions. . . . This is a model field guide to grasses.”

“The first chapter on morphology is a first-rate primer on the terminology of grasses. . . . The pages are adorned with excellent color photographs with everything cleanly labeled. . . . The keys to genera work. . . . The glossary is a model of clarity.”
Plant Science Bulletin

“A needed resource for Wisconsin, with up-to-date nomenclature and classification, a comprehensive roster of the state’s grass species, new keys, and expanded species descriptions.”
—Andrew Hipp, author of Field Guide to Wisconsin Sedges



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Michael A. Miller, Katie Songer, and Ron Dolen



December 2014
LC: 2014007281 QK
356 pp.   6 x 9
706 color illus.  
219 drawings  
241 maps 

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