Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Fall 2001


Published in Great Plains Research 11:2 (Fall 2001). Copyright © 2001 Center for Great Plains Studies.


This illustrated text focuses on the characteristics and identification of twenty-eight selected herbaceous weed species. (Its author is silent about his criteria for including specific taxa.) The book's objectives, poorly stated, are to present knowledge on the identification of weeds, their propagation, and how propagation characteristics influence weed control efforts. The book explains the principles of weed control using a small sample of species and then leaves the reader to determine how these principles apply to the hundreds of other weeds in the United States. Satisfactory as a supplemental text in an introductory weeds course, it treats only a small number of taxa-and, given the book's price, a bit expensively.