Press kit for Field Guide to Wisconsin Sedges

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Field Guide to Wisconsin Sedges
An Introduction to the Genus Carex (Cyperaceae)
Andrew L. Hipp
Illustrations by Rachel D. Davis
Publication date March 2008
LC: 2007042153 QK
280 pp. 6 x 9
62 color illus., 157 maps
ISBN-13: 978-0-299-22590-2
Cloth $65.00 s

ISBN-13: 978-0-299-22594-0
Paper $27.95 t

Press Release:

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, 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.

Field 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 restorationist.

Author's Bio:

Andrew Hipp is the plant systematist and herbarium curator at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. He is the author of several natural history books for children, a field guide to spring woodland wildflowers of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum, and scientific articles on the taxonomy and evolution of Carex. Rachel D.Davis received her M.F.A. in printmaking at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Additional information

This book was published with the support of the Arboretum at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the Bradshaw-Knight Foundation, the Walter Kuhlman Award of the Diversity Inventory Group, the Botanical Club of Wisconsin, and the Citizens Natural Resources Association of Wisconsin, Inc.

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