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Published in Great Plains Research 19.1 (Spring 2009): 133. © 2009 Copyright by the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


This comprehensive, systematic treatment of the grasses of Colorado is going to become the standard for new floras in the state. With this book the “student of grasses” will be able to more accurately identify and key the species within this economically important and unique family. Users will need to read the introductions and follow the author’s excellent instructions in how to use the book to be most successful. There are brief but adequate discussions of physiography and ecoregions that place Colorado’s grass vegetation in the proper context with surrounding states. The section on the “grass plant” is particularly well written and illustrated.