As one becomes more and more knowledgeable about wild plants, you realize how important sedges and grasses are to the ecosystem. Broadleaf wildflowers are relatively easy to learn with their big, bright flowers and broad range of characteristice,but sedges are a bit tougher.
There are 150 species of sedges in Wisconsin, about 10% of our native plant diversity, and they’re all in the same genus. These 150 species are among our most abundant plants, yet they can be frustratingly difficult to tell apart.
In this book is everything you need to start learning your sedges. A detailed dichotomous key, beautiful hand-drawn and watercolor illustrations, range maps, and carefully written descriptions. Identifying sedges still not easy. But as long as you have this book, a hand lens and the flowering parts present on the plant, you can do it.
From the Publisher:
Sedges are among the world’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, and the available technical guides to the sedge family can be overwhelming to a nonspecialist.
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 150 Carex species 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.