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.

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

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

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.

ARBAonline

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.

CHOICE

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

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