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Sedges and Rushes of Minnesota

The Complete Guide to Species Identification

2018
Author:

Welby R. Smith
Photography by Richard Haug

Sedges and Rushes of Minnesota

The first comprehensive, fully illustrated field guide to Minnesota’s nearly 250 species of sedges and rushes

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.

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.

Sedges and Rushes of Minnesota

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.

Sedges and Rushes of Minnesota

Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
Minnesota County Map
Introduction
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
Carex section Ammoglochin
Carex section Bicolores
Carex section Carex
Carex section Careyanae
Carex section Ceratocystis
Carex section Chlorostachyae
Carex section Chordorrhizae
Carex section Clandestinae
Carex section Deweyanae
Carex section Dispermae
Carex 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
Carex 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
Glossary
Bibliography
Index