Weeds of the South

Edited by Charles T. Bryson and Michael S. DeFelice

Photographs by Arlyn Evans

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Pages: 480

Trim size: 190.500mm x 254.000mm



Pub Date: 06/25/2009

ISBN: 9-780-8203-3046-4

List Price: $40.95

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Published with the generous support of Southern Weed Science Society

Weeds of the South

Edited by Charles T. Bryson and Michael S. DeFelice

Photographs by Arlyn Evans

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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

Weeds of the South is a 'must-have' for plant taxonomists, weed science students and practitioners, crop consultants, and natural world enthusiasts interested in the flora of the region. Outstanding photography and plant characteristics make for easy identification and classification of weeds.

—Robert M. Hayes, Past President of Southern Weed Science Society

Cleanly formatted through years of endeavor, Weeds of the South is straight-forward and concise, and it provides an invaluable weed key to the Family level. This comprehensive and detailed identification guide, with its unsurpassed imagery and illustrations, will benefit southern weed scientists, crop and land managers, students, and botanists for decades.

—James H. Miller, coauthor of Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses

Weeds of the South is quite honestly the best publication of its type that I have seen. It brings together a superb combination of information on plant history, preferred habitat, North American distribution, and identification characteristics that is par excellence. The quality of the photographs alone makes this book well worth owning, and the key has been specifically created for those plants in this publication, making it well suited for anyone in the southeastern United States

—David Shaw, President of the Weed Science Society of America

The strengths of the book include the highest quality images I have ever seen in a book of this type, combined with concise taxonomic and botanical descriptions. Professionals interested in weed ID should have this book on their shelf or in their truck.

—Tom Mueller, Professor, Weed Science, University of Tennessee

This book is a valuable resource not only for those that deal with agricultural weeds, but for land managers, students, professional botanists, and others interested in the growing problem of invasive species across the landscape.


A superb, well-illustrated book on ca. 400 taxa arranged by family.



Outstanding Academic Title, Choice magazine

Alan F. Wiese

B. Smith

Brett Serviss

C. Monks

C. Elmore

David Bridges

David Johnson

David Jordan

David Hall

Don Murray

E.J. Retzinger

J. Stritzke

J. Keeling

James Chandler

Jennifer Goodlett

John Cardina

John Boyd

Jonathan Green

L. Oliver

Loyd Wax

Lynn. Sosnoskie

Mary Ketchersid

Mississippi Weed Science Society

Mitchell Blair

Nancy Coile

Neil Hackett

Patricia Haragan

Robert Hayes

Roger Becker

Ronald Tyrl

Scott Fitterer

Shawn Askew

Southern Weed Science Society

Steve Shaaf

Steven Harrison

Terry Clason

Theodore Webster

Timothy Murphy

Victor Maddox

Walter Skroch

About the Author/Editor

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.