Aquatic Plants of the Upper Midwest is a full-color, photographic field guide to the aquatic plants of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. This long-awaited second edition easily and effectively teaches readers how to identify 152 species of submersed and floating-leaved aquatic plants of the region, with over 500 color photographs and easy-to-understand descriptions. This guide is designed to be comprehensive and user-friendly for professionals and casual users alike. Magnified inset photos and detailed descriptions make identification as easy and enjoyable as a day on the water. Handy appendices include botanical keys and much more. Printed on sturdy, glossy paper, this spiral-bound field guide is designed to be a durable companion for naturalists, teachers, researchers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Some of the major updates to the second edition include a much-expanded appendix on potential future aquatic invasive plants, a special paper coating to prevent water damage or UV damage, about 30 additional species, and the coverage of all five genera of the Characeae family of macro-algae that occur in the Midwestern United States, (Chara, Nitella, Tolypella, Lychnothamnus, and Nitellopsis), with each genus separated into its common species. Large, 1/2-page color photos show each plant as a whole, often in its natural habitat, while smaller inset photographs showcase important features such as flowers, fruits, glands, leaf veins, or stipules. Although designed to cover all of the aquatic plants of the Upper Midwest region, this guide can be used to identify a large majority of the aquatic plants anywhere in the United States. Less common groups such as water ferns (Azolla), quillworts (Isoetes), macro-algae (Chara, Nitella, Nitellopsis, Lychnothamnus, Tolypella), mosses (Drepanocladus, Fontinalis), and liverworts (Riccia, Ricciocarpos) are also covered. Appendices include tables of Coefficient of Conservatism Values for each state, which indicate the quality of habitat that a species tends to be found in. Botanical keys are also included for the watermilfoils (Myriophyllum), bladderworts (Utricularia), bur-reeds (Sparganium), pondweeds and look-alikes (Potamogeton, Zannichellia, and Heteranthera), macro-algae (Chara, Nitella, Tolypella, Lychnothamnus, Nitellopsis), naiads (Najas), and pond lilies (Nuphar). Although these species are covered in the main sections of the book as well, traditional dichotomous keys are included for those who prefer working through keys for difficult plant groups.
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Paul Skawinski is a lake monitoring specialist and teaches aquatic botany at the University of Wisconsin. He regularly conducts aquatic plant identification workshops at professional conferences and has taught workshops for groups such as the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and United States Forest Service. He enjoys snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, photography, hiking, and spending time outdoors with his wife and two children.Review :
This book is the definitive photographic guide to the often daunting world of aquatic plants. Aquatic Plants of the Upper Midwest is an excellent resource for botanists, water resource managers, citizen scientists, and anyone with an interest in submerged and floating aquatic plants. Although covering Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, it will be applicable to a much wider audience including neighboring states and Canadian provinces. Notable is the inclusion of every species found in the region including very rare and recently discovered invasive species often left out of non-technical manuals. Designed to be useful for experienced professionals and beginners alike, species are organized by leaf shape to facilitate identification of unknowns, then broken down by genus. Each species is covered by a clearly written description accompanied by a large full-color photograph with smaller insets of diagnostic characters, including close-ups of fruit, flowers, and leaves. This book should be a staple for anyone working with aquatic plants in the Upper Midwest, professional and casual user alike. ----Ryan P. O'Connor, Ecologist, Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory, Department of Natural Resources
This book is an essential botanical reference for anyone interested in Midwestern plants; it is absolutely essential for anyone interested in the identification of aquatic macrophytes, far exceeding in clarity of presentation and photography any published North American aquatic plant guide. The full-color, high-resolution photos by Paul are superb and show all of the diagnostic characters needed to name these difficult-to-identify plants. --Dr. Emmet Judziewicz, Author of Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region & Professor of Plant Taxonomy, University of Wisconsin
This is the second edition of this title, and has been greatly expanded and improved. It now covers 152 taxa, includes over 500 color photographs, keys, scientific and common name indices, instructions on how to use the book in 13 parts, 12 appendices, authorities of Latin names, and a glossary. In short, it is jam-packed with everything you need to identify submergent aquatic plants in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. When you open up the book the most striking thing about it is the stunning photographs. Skawinski has mastered the very difficult skill of underwater photography, producing amazingly clear and full color images of most of the species in their actual habitat underwater. Many taxa also include fresh specimens on a white background, close-ups of flower and seeds, leaves, and more, and all include a nickel for scale. The photos and morphological keys make identifying aquatic plants a breeze. -- --James P. Bennett, Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin - Madison
One could imagine an aquatic field guide that taxes the composure of a prairie boy, like me. But Aquatic Plants of the Upper Midwest by Paul M. Skawinski is easy to adapt to. I enthusiastically recommend this book as an affordable and highly-useable field guide that will improve your aquatic plant literacy while enhancing your botanical library. ----Thomas L. Eddy, President, Botanical Club of Wisconsin
This book is indispensable for anyone interested in aquatic plants; from the expert professional to the untrained novice. Praised by some of the most renowned botanists in the Midwest, no other book on the subject is as useful, comprehensive, or easy to use. -- --Adrienne Bozik, Michigan Nature Association
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