Field Guide to Wisconsin Sedges : An Introduction to the Genus Carex (Cyperaceae)

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-02-06
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
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Sedges are among the worldrs"s most diverse and ecologically important plant families, with almost two hundred species in Wisconsin alone. These grass-like plants, found mostly in wetlands, are increasingly popular with landscapers and home gardeners. Learning to identify sedges is challenging, however, and the available technical guides to the sedge family can be overwhelming to a nonspecialist.Field Guide to Wisconsin Sedgesis a beautifully illustrated introduction to the largest sedge genus,Carex,which alone makes up about 7 percent of the flora of the upper Midwest. Written primarily for naturalists, wild plant enthusiasts, and native landscapers, this book is unique in its accessible format and illustrations. With this book, readers can learn to recognize key structures needed to identify approximately 150Carexspecies found in Wisconsin. Author Andrew Hipp shows how to identify many of the major groupings of sedges that are used in guides to the genus throughout the world. Field Guide to Wisconsin Sedgesincludes information on habitat and range drawn from Hipprs"s extensive field experience and inspection of thousands of herbarium sheets. Primarily an identification guide, the book is also a valuable source of habitat information for landscapers, gardeners, and restorationists. Features: bull; Keys to all WisconsinCarexspecies, arranged by section bull; Distribution maps for all species bull; Species descriptions and detailed habitat information for more than 50 common species bull; Color illustrations of whole plants or details for more than 70 species bull; Appendix summarizing dominantCarexspecies by Wisconsin habitat bull; A glossary of terms bull; Water-resistant paperback cover

Author Biography

Andrew Hipp is the plant systematist and herbarium curator at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. He is the author of several natural history books for children, a field guide to spring woodland wildflowers of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum, and scientific articles on the taxonomy and evolution of Carex. Rachel D.Davis received her M.F.A. in printmaking at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introduction to Sedges and Use of This Book
Introductionp. 2
What Is a Sedge?p. 6
Sedge Taxonomyp. 17
Studying Sedges in the Fieldp. 22
Keys and Abbreviated Descriptions of Wisconsin
Carex Sections and Species
Key to Subgenera of Carexp. 27
Key to Carex Subgenus Carexp. 29
Key to Carex Subgenus Vigneap. 44
Carex Subgenus Carexp. 55
Carex Subgenus Vigneap. 77
Field Guide to Wisconsin Carices
Common Wisconsin Species of Carex Subgenus Carexp. 97
Common Wisconsin Species of Carex Subgenus Vigneap. 169
Principal Carex Habitats of Wisconsin and Their Typical Speciesp. 211
Atlas of the Wisconsin Carex Florap. 221
Glossaryp. 251
Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 261
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