This course will provide an introduction to the grasses (Family Poaceae) of New England. Participants of all experience levels are encouraged to attend. A combination of indoor and outdoor instruction will be used to familiarize participants with this challenging group. Instruction will focus on understanding and recognizing the unique morphology of grasses, basic technical terminology, and identifying some common New England genera and species in the field. Strategies and suggestions for identification within some of the more difficult genera will be discussed.
The required text for this course is How to Identify Grasses and Grasslike Plants by H.D. Harrington (1977, Swallow Press; ISBN-10: 0804007462; ISBN-13: 978-0804007467; approx. $10 through Amazon.com). You are asked to purchase this text from your preferred bookseller and bring it to the course, along with a hand lens. All other supplies will be provided.