To the uninformed or unobservant, grass is grass is grass. Because of the simple, streamlined shapes of most grasses, they do not receive the same attention as trees, wildflowers, or other botanical groups. Nonetheless, grasses comprise a fascinating family of plants, with surprising variety just in the state of California. And they have been extremely important in the California ecology, with its rolling grass-covered hills and their green-to-gold seasonal cycle. This convenient pocket guide surveys the ranges and provides identification keys for the common introduced and native grasses. It indicates their uses, and will interest not only nature lovers and students but also wildland specialists, range managers, and those concerned with environmental impact studies.