Grasses, Legumes and Forbs of the Eastern United States: Identification and Adaptation provides a description of the most common grasses, legumes and non-leguminous forbs of the Eastern United States. It covers many of the most important grassland, turf and non-crop plants and their seeds. Unlike many publications that include plant identification, this book emphasizes vegetative identification, covering 23 forage legumes, 61 grasses and more than 100 non-leguminous forbs found in pastures and grasslands of the Eastern US. In addition, it describes other key characteristics, such as adaptation, favorable and unfavorable soil types, seasonal growth patterns, and toxicity.
Finally, for plants harvested for hay or silage, or by grazing, there are discussions of cutting and grazing management, quality factors and potential yields.
- Features full-color illustrations of both seed and plant, allowing for rapid identification at multiple stages of development
- Includes image, identification methods, use cases and control for over 180 plants
- Presents information in a clear-and-concise language that is ideal for foundational and advanced application
Part I: Legumes Part II: Grasses and Sedges Part III. Non-Leguminous Forbs Part IV: Forbs
Appendix I. Poisonous plants Appendix II. Plant ID at a glance Index by scientific and common names
Ozzie Abaye is a professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences and has been at Virginia Tech since 1987. While Abaye finds teaching extremely rewarding, the aspect of her position that she prizes the most is her interaction with advisees. As an advisor, Abaye strives to foster independence and personal responsibility. She encourages students to study abroad and has been actively involved in developing these programs. Abaye also coaches the Crops Judging Team, which gives students experience in evaluating seed and grain quality and in identifying crops, weeds, and crop diseases.
Abaye's research focus, which also strongly supports her Extension efforts, has been on alternative crops and incorporation of animals into sustainable systems.