Books about Carex

Carex Books by Linda W. Curtis 

 Woodland Carex  and Bog-Fen Carex are full of never-seen-before photos and illustrations, and a readable text! The books are binder-bound so you can add your own pages of notes and even begin a life-list! Cost includes shipping at $30 each, or both for $54.  If  ordering sets of 10, then $270 a set if used for classes and sedge workshops.

Send a note and mail with check to Curtistothethird, P.O. Box 731, Lake Villa, Il. 60046. For more information,      If Pay-Pal is your choice of payment, use

woodland carex cover,Bog-Fen Carex front cover

The 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.

Below, the back cover of Bog-Fen Carex.

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Wetlands visited during research include these in Wisconsin: 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, among 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 Chiwaukee Prairie south of Kenosha, Wisconsin 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 and see for yourself.

The globally endangered Carex paeninsulae was discovered in 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.

State endangered Megalodonta beckii grew with 16 other aquatic plants in Cedar Lake, Lake County, Il.   In Wisconsin’s Rock County, Linda discovered C. swanii  in an oak savanna and  filed the rare plant report to the WDNR with a specimen sent to UW-Madison Herbarium. In Illinois,  C. 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. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1974.

Courses taught: Biology, Environmental Science, The 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.

Linda is both Author and self-publisher of Curtis to the Third Productions.                    Aquatic Plants of NE Illinois 1996, Woodland Carex Upper Midwest 2006,                      Bog-Fen Carex of the Upper Midwest 2015.


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- articles.                                                    Erigenia 2013 INPS Journal: Carex of Zion Beach-plain Ridge.                                     Erigenia 2010 INPS Journal: Additions to Volo Bog Herbarium.                                                                                            Erigenia 2018 INPS Journal: Carex of Chiwaukee Prairie                                                   Transactions of Illinois Science Academy 1990: Megalodonta beckii

Carex Reports

USF&W 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, 2014- 2015                                                   USF&W Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. 2016                                                           Lafayette and Suwannee County State Parks, Florida 2016.                                                         Homosassa, Chasahowitzka, and Withlachoochee Preserves, Citrus County, Florida                                                   Suwannee and LaFayette Counties,Troy and Peacock Springs Florida 2016-17               Nachusa Grasslands Carex 2016-17 Research Symposium +Poster                                   Illinois Audubon Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary Carex 2017





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