Books about Carex

Carex Books by Linda W. Curtis 

You may not know that a wonderful microscopic view of the smallest objects may hold colors beyond your own abilities to paint or image. Even an image of Carex bicknellii is  a gift of exposure and magnification under my microscope, a perigynium as beautiful as a Christmas ornament. Linda W. Curtis

 Woodland Carex  and Bog-Fen Carex are binder-bound so you can add your own pages of notes and even begin a life-list!  The books are now available for $24 each as we make room for Prarie Carex of the Upper Midwest, hopefully published in 2019.

Mail check to Curtistothethird, P.O. Box 731, Lake Villa, Il. 60046.     If Pay-Pal is your choice of payment, use Carex species photographed for the books were deposited in herbaria including Morton Arboretum, Illinois State Museum, University of Illinois Herbarium, and New York Botanic Garden Herbarium.

Wisconsin Wetlands  researched were: Beulah Bog, Cedarburg Bog, Lima Bog, Spruce Lake Bog, Cherry Lake Sedge Meadow, Harrington Bog, Milwaukee River Tamarack Bog, Mauthe Lake Bog, Chiwaukee Prairie fens, Powell Marsh, and Surprise Lake Bog, &others.

The Illinois wetlands were: Volo Bog, Barrington Bog, Brandenburg Bog, Pistakee Bog, Cranberry Lake Bog, Cedar Lake Bog, Wauconda Bog, Pike’s Marsh and Cranberry Bog in Moraine Hills State Park and the entire Zion beach-ridge plain fens, from Kenosha Dunes through Chiwaukee Prairie and south through Wisconsin’s Illinois Beach Dunes through Waukegan, Illinois.

Linda W. Curtis, botanist, has discovered  state endangered and one globally endangered Carex. Discoveries in Volo Bog Illinois State Preserve were C. brunnescens, C. canescens, C. chordorrhiza, C. disperma, C. trisperma, C. echinata and Cyperus diandrus. Voucher plants were sent to Illinois State Museum herbarium and duplicates kept for the Volo Bog Nature Center herbarium, which you may visit. Rare plant reports were sent to IDNR.

Other discovered plants include the globally endangered Carex paeninsulae found in the Archaeological Park in Crystal River in Citrus County as well as Peacock Springs in Suwannee County, Florida. State threatened C. chapmanii was discovered at Three Sisters Springs, also Crystal River, during sedge field research.

In 1989, Linda discovered State endangered Megalodonta beckii among 16 other aquatic plants in Cedar Lake, Lake County, Il., and published 1990 in the Journal of the Illinois State Academy of Science. In Wisconsin’s Rock County, Linda found Carex swanii  in an oak savanna and  filed the rare plant report to the WDNR with a specimen sent to UW-Madison Herbarium. In Illinois,  Carex mesochorea was discovered in the prairies of Nachusa Grasslands, in both Lee and Ogle Counties.

Education B.S. Wisconsin State College, Stevens Point, 1962.                                                                          Botany M.S. U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1974. Courses taught: Biology, Environmental Science, American Forest, Botany, Genetics, Local Flora, Plant Pathology, Horticulture.

College Positions UW-Milwaukee, TA of Botany and Pharmacy Microbiology
Lake Forest College, Lake County, Il., Barat College, Lake County, Il., College of Lake County, Grayslake, Il., and McHenry Community College, McHenry, Il.

Books Linda is author of Aquatic Plants of NE Illinois 1996, Woodland Carex Upper Midwest 2006, Bog-Fen Carex of the Upper Midwest 2015.

Articles Harbinger Newsletter of INPS 2014-2017, Carex Corner #1-9.                                         Illinois Audubon Magazine 2016: Sedge Meadows                                                              Illinois NE Native Plant Society 2016: Sedges, What good are they?                                       Illinois Steward 2007- Sedges, Why Don’t We Know Them?                                                 Lake County Forest Preserve -2016, Horizon Magazine.                                                         Wild Ones Journal – 2016, Sedge Meadows.                                                                        Globally imperiled Peninsula Sedge, Palmetto, FNPS, Dec. 2015.                               Wisconsin Entomological Society Newsletter- 3 articles in 2018.                                                    Erigenia 2013 INPS Journal: Carex of Zion Beach-plain Ridge.                                     Erigenia 2010 INPS Journal: Additions to Volo Bog Herbarium.                                                                                                                                             Transactions of Illinois Science Academy 1990: Megalodonta beckii

Carex Reports Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River, Fl. 2013-2016.                                            Florida Gulf Coast Carex, Citrus, Levy, Dixie Counties, Florida 2015.                              Devil’s Hammock, Levy County, Florida 2015.                                                                               Goethe State Forest, Levy County, Florida 2013.
Cedarburg Bog, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin 2013.                                                        Chiwaukee Prairie, Kenosha County, Wisconsin 2014.                                                             Fort Sheridan, Lake County, Illinois 2012-2015.                                                               Harrington Beach, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin 2013.                                                           Illinois Beach State Park, Lake County, Illinois 2012                                                            Hosah Park, Zion, Lake County, Illinois 2014.                                                                       Illinois Audubon Amboy Marsh, Lee County, Illinois 2014- 2015


USF&W Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, Levy and Dixie Counties, 2016,  USF&W Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River Wildlife Refuge,  Citrus Co.

FDEP Suwannee and LaFayette Counties,Troy and Peacock Springs Florida 2016-17, Wacassasa Bay, Levy County  Blues Springs State Park, Gilchrist County, 2018.

FDEP and Crystal River Parks and Recreation, Citrus County  Homosassa Springs Park, Chassahowitzka, and Withlachoochee Preserves, Ozello Trail, Otter Creek, Crystal River Ecowalk, Yoeman Park, Churchhouse Hammock.


Lee County, Illinois Audubon Amboy Marsh, 2014-15, The Nature Conservancy,  Nachusa Grasslands, Research and Symposium 2016-18, Illinois Audubon Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary 2017-18,  Dixon Waterfowl Refuge, Illinois Nature Preserves and The Wetlands Initiative, Putnam County, Illinois 2018.

Poster presented at Symposium 2017





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