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, however, and the available technical guides to
the sedge family can be overwhelming to a nonspecialist. Field Guide
to Wisconsin Sedges is 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 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.
Guide to Wisconsin Sedges includes information on habitat
and range drawn from Hipp’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.
Field Guide to
An Introduction to the Genus Carex
by Andrew L. Hipp
University of Wisconsin Press,
The Nature Pages