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Weeds threaten the safe, efficient, and sustainable production of food, feed, fiber, and biofuel throughout the world. Featuring more than fifteen hundred full-color photographs, this handy guide provides essential information on four hundred of the most troublesome weedy and invasive plants found in the southern United States.

Drawing on the expertise of more than forty weed scientists and botanists, the guide identifies each plant at various stages of its life and offers useful details about its origin, habitat, morphology, biology, distribution, and known toxic properties. The book also includes illustrations of the most common characteristics of plants and the terms used to describe them, a key to plant families, a glossary of frequently used terms, a bibliography, and an index of scientific and common plant names.

Each species account includes:Up to four full-color photographs showing seed, seedling, plant, flower, and other unique plant featuresDistribution mapFor grasses, a line drawing of the collar (where the leaf joins the stem), an important identifying characteristicScientific names, common names, and local synonyms of common namesVegetative characteristics for seedlings and leavesSpecial identifying features, reproductive characteristics, and toxic properties

States covered (species distribution maps also show occurrences across the United States and Canada):AlabamaArkansasFloridaGeorgiaKentuckyLouisianaMarylandMississippiMissouriNorth CarolinaOklahomaSouth CarolinaTennesseeTexasVirginiaWest Virginia

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820330464
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 06/25/2009
Series: Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book Series , #32
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 413,609
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Charles T. Bryson (Editor)
CHARLES T. BRYSON is a research botanist for the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service at the Southern Weed Science Research Unit in Stoneville, Mississippi.

Michael S. DeFelice (Editor)
MICHAEL S. DeFELICE is a senior manager at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
Common Terminology 5
Keys to Plant Families 13

Plant Families:

Nonflowering Plants

      Equisetaceae (Horsetail) 23
      Polypodiaceae (Fern) 25
      Flowering Plants

      Aizoaceae (Fig-marigold) 29
      Amaranthaceae (Pigweed) 30
      Anacardiaceae (Cashew) 39
      Apiaceae (Parsley) 40
      Apocynaceae (Dogbane) 43
      Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed) 44
      Asteraceae (Sunflower) 47
      Bignoniaceae (Bignonia) 117
      Boraginaceae (Borage) 118
      Brassicaceae (Mustard) 120
      Cactaceae (Cactus) 138
      Caesalpiniaceae (Caesalpinia) 139
      Campanulaceae (Bellflower) 143
      Cannabaceae (Hemp) 145
      Capparaceae (Caper) 146
      Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle) 147
      Caryophyllaceae (Pink) 148
      Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot) 156
      Clusiaceae (St. Johnswort) 161
      Convolvulaceae (Morningglory) 162
      Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber) 176
      Dipsacaceae (Teasel) 182
      Euphorbiaceae (Spurge) 183
      Fabaceae (Bean) 197
      Geraniaceae (Geranium) 214
      Lamiaceae (Mint) 217
      Lythraceae (Loosestrife) 225
      Malvaceae (Mallow) 228
      Menispermaceae (Moonseed) 235
      Mimosaceae (Mimosa) 236
      Molluginaceae (Carpetweed) 237
      Moraceae (Mulberry) 238
      Nyctaginaceae (Four o’clock) 239
      Onagraceae (Evening primrose) 240
      Oxalidaceae (Wood sorrel) 245
      Papaveraceae (Poppy) 246
      Passifloraceae (Passionflower) 247
      Pedaliaceae (Unicorn-plant) 249
      Phytolaccaceae (Pokeweed) 250
      Plantaginaceae (Plantain) 251
      Polygonaceae (Buckwheat) 255
      Portulacaceae (Purslane) 265
      Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) 266
      Rosaceae (Rose) 269
      Rubiaceae (Madder) 272
      Sapindaceae (Soapberry) 276
      Saururaceae (Lizardtail) 277
      Scrophulariaceae (Figwort) 278
      Solanaceae (Nightshade) 287
      Sterculiaceae (Cacao or Cocoa) 308
      Valerianaceae (Valerian) 309
      Verbenaceae (Vervain) 310
      Violaceae (Violet) 311
      Vitaceae (Grape) 313
      Zygophyllaceae (Caltrop) 315

      Alismataceae (Water plantain) 319
      Commelinaceae (Spiderwort) 323
      Cyperaceae (Sedge) 326
      Hydrocharitaceae (Frog’s-bit) 340
      Liliaceae (Lily) 341
      Poaceae (Grass) 344
      Pontederiaceae (Pickerel-weed) 424
      Typhaceae (Cattail) 428

Glossary 429
Bibliography 443
Contributors 449
Index 453

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