Synopses & Reviews
and#8220;What is a weed,
and#8221; opined Emerson, and#8220;but a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered?and#8221; While that may be a worthy notion in theory, these plants of undiscovered virtue cause endless hours of toil for backyard gardeners. Wherever they take root, weeds compete for resources, and most often win. They also wreak havoc on industryand#8212;from agriculture to golf courses to civic landscape projects, vast amounts of money are spent to eradicate these virile and versatile invaders. With so much at stake, reliable information on weeds and their characteristics is crucial. Richard Dickinson and France Royer shed light on this complex world with Weeds of North America,
the essential reference for all who wish to understand the science of the all-powerful weed.
Encyclopedic in scope, the book is the first to cover North American weeds at every stage of growth. The book is organized by plant family, and more than five hundred species are featured. Each receives a two-page spread with images and text identification keys. Species are arranged within family alphabetically by scientific name, and entries include vital information on seed viability and germination requirements.
Whether you believe, like Donald Culross Peattie, that and#8220;a weed is a plant out of place,and#8221; or align with Elizabeth Wheeler Wilcoxand#8217;s and#8220;weeds are but unloved flowers,and#8221; Dickinson and Royer provide much-needed background on these intrusive organisms. In the battle with weeds, knowledge truly is power. Weeds of North America is the perfect tool for gardeners, as well as anyone working in the business of weed ecology and control.
Many a gardener has cursed the vitality and versatility of weeds. But for every extra few hours of toiling they may cause the individual gardener, they reap millions of costs upon industriesand#151;from agriculture to landscape architecture to golf courses. In each of these settings, weeds compete for resources, often triumphantly; they provide new vectors for plant pathogens, and are also known for their natural irritation in the form of toxins, thorns, prickles, etc. In the state of California alone, it is estimated that weeds cause nearly $82 million dollars in damage a year.
This new version includes more species (275 primary species with an additional 225 species in the main text), additional common names, and new information such as seed viability, germination requirements, and Other Species of Concern. The guide includes identification keys that use thumbnail photos. Plant families are arranged by scientific name, and each family has a short description and image characteristic of the family. Within each family, the species are arranged alphabetically by scientific name. Each species treatment covers two facing pages, and will include text and 3and#150;5 images
Includes bibliographical references (p. 385-387) and index.
About the Author
Richard Dickinsonand#160;lives in Toronto and has taught plant taxonomy for more than twenty-five years. France Royer is a photographer living in Edmonton, Alberta. Together they are the authors of Wildflowers of Edmonton and Central Alberta, Wildflowers of Calgary and Southern Alberta, Weeds of Canada and the Northern United States, and Plants of Alberta.
Table of Contents
Abbreviations for Provincial and State Names
Identification of Weed Species
Key to Trees and Shrubs
Key to Vines and Climbing Plants
Key to Herbaceous Land Plants
Key to Aquatic Plants
Key to Grasses and Grasslike Plants
Family and Species Descriptions
Index to Common and Scientific Names