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Field Guides & Natural History  Botany  Vascular Plants  Grasses, Sedges, Rushes & Ferns

Sedges and Rushes of Minnesota The Complete Guide to Species Identification

Field / Identification Guide Identification Key
By: Welby R Smith(Author), Richard Haug(Photographer)
668 pages, colour photos, colour distribution maps
Sedges and Rushes of Minnesota
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  • Sedges and Rushes of Minnesota ISBN: 9781517902759 Paperback Aug 2018 Out of stock with supplier: order now to get this when available
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About this book

When most of us encounter a sea of what seem like grasses, we don't know if we're looking at a bog or a fen, a swamp or a marsh or a meadow. What we're seeing probably aren't even grasses. They are sedges and rushes, which frequently make up the majority of plants in a wetland – and they can tell us, by their presence and pattern of occurrence, what kind of wetland it is. Quick to respond to changes in habitat, they are good indicators of ecological conditions. As significant as they are in the natural environment, sedges and rushes are also simply beautiful – noteworthy features in a garden and in the wild.

This book is an expert, accessible guide to the nearly 250 species of sedges and rushes in Minnesota. With its finely detailed photographs and descriptions, Sedges and Rushes of Minnesota enables quick and reliable identification of these often difficult-to-distinguish species. As an in-depth introduction or a handy field guide, the book is the first complete, comprehensive reference on these important plants of Minnesota – an invaluable resource for specialists, naturalists, and wild plant lovers.



Minnesota County Map
Key to the Genera of Sedges and Rushes in Minnesota

The genus Bolboschoenus
The genus Bulbostylis
The genus Carex
      Carex section Acrocystis
      Carex section Albae
section Ammoglochin
      Carex section Bicolores
      Carex section Carex
section Careyanae
      Carex section Ceratocystis
      Carex section Chlorostachyae
      Carex section Chordorrhizae
      Carex section Clandestinae
      Carex section Deweyanae
      Carex section Dispermae
section Divisae
      Carex section Filifoliae
      Carex section Glareosae
      Carex section Granulares
      Carex section Griseae
      Carex section Heleoglochin
      Carex section Hirtifoliae
      Carex section Holarrhenae
      Carex section Hymenochlaenae
      Carex section Lamprochlaenae
section Laxiflorae
      Carex section Leptocephalae
      Carex section Leucoglochin
      Carex section Limosae
      Carex section Lupulinae
      Carex section Multiflorae
      Carex section Obtusatae
      Carex section Ovales
      Carex section Paludosae
      Carex section Paniceae
      Carex section Phacocystis
      Carex section Phaestoglochin
      Carex section Phyllostachyae
      Carex section Physoglochin
      Carex section Porocystis
      Carex section Racemosae
      Carex section Rostrales
      Carex section Scirpinae
      Carex section Squarrosae
      Carex section Stellulatae
      Carex section Vesicariae
      Carex section Vulpinae
The genus Cladium
The genus Cyperus
The genus Dulichium
The genus Eleocharis
The genus Eriophorum
The genus Fimbristylis
The genus Juncus
The genus Luzula
The genus Rhynchospora
The genus Schoenoplectiella
The genus Schoenoplectus
The genus Scirpus
The genus Scleria
The genus Trichophorum


Customer Reviews


Welby R. Smith is the Minnesota State Botanist with the Department of Natural Resources in Saint Paul. He is author of Native Orchids of Minnesota and Trees and Shrubs of Minnesota and a contributor to Minnesota’s Endangered Flora and Fauna, all from the University of Minnesota Press.

Richard Haug has been a native plant enthusiast and photographer for thirty-five years.

Field / Identification Guide Identification Key
By: Welby R Smith(Author), Richard Haug(Photographer)
668 pages, colour photos, colour distribution maps
Media reviews

"Welby Smith has followed up on his wonderful Trees and Shrubs of Minnesota and created another gem with Sedges and Rushes of Minnesota. Smith takes the intimidating world of rushes and sedges and chronicles them in an easy-to-use field guide and resource that is the first of its kind for the state. This is a magnificent resource that will no doubt by used by botanists, naturalists, interpreters, and nature enthusiasts for generations to come."
– Bryan Wood, Executive Director, Audubon Center of the North Woods

"This hefty volume brings care and expertise to a regional plant species study."

"Any reader who picks up this guide will be consumed with the rare and curious disease of sedge fever, in which sufferers are compelled to know and key out all the rushes and sedges, even those without edges."

"If you are looking at a plant catalogue trying to decide which sedge to add to your yard, you can use this book to find the plant's distribution and habitat."
The Trumpeter

"Overall, this book provides an excellent, user-friendly guide to the sedges and rushes of Minnesota. I recommend it highly to all field biologists involved in botanical inventories in the central part of the continent, and to students of these two families in general."
The Canadian Field-Naturalist

"This book is thoroughly referenced, clearly written, and beautifully illustrated. Professional botanists throughout Minnesota and the Midwest will definitely want to have this book in their field pack or on their shelf."
The Great Lakes Botanist

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