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Sedge Identification

Schedule and Location


Two days: Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31, 2019,  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Herbarium Conference Room, Administration and Research Building

Fees and Registration

$195.00 member
$230.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description

Learn to identify the sedges, a diverse and ecologically important group of plants. Sedges form a critical component of the biodiversity of forest understories, dry prairies, wetlands, sedge meadows, and many other ecosystems. Join Dr. Andrew Hipp, Plant Systematist and Herbarium Curator at The Morton Arboretum and author of Field Guide to Wisconsin Sedges to learn the key characteristics to distinguish this group and discover species that will be suitable for your restoration site, natural area, or property.

This two-day workshop consists of an intensive, hands-on approach incorporating both classroom work and field study.  Practice identifying sedges in the field and lab, learn the specialized terminology and distinguishing features, and practice identifying species from keys.  You’ll also study the habitat affinities and restoration potential of these species; most sedges and rushes are important wetland indicators.  We’ll focus primarily on Carex, the largest genus of sedges.

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Dr. Andrew Hipp, senior scientist and herbarium curator, The Morton Arboretum

Andrew Hipp is the Plant Systematist and Herbarium Curator at The Morton Arboretum and author of Field Guide to Wisconsin Sedges.

Course Details

  • Notes: Held both indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather each day. Limit 20.
  • Supplies: Please bring a water bottle, a hand lens, and wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes for walking over uneven terrain. Please bring a sack lunch; we will eat lunch in the field if conditions permit.
  • Required text: The required text, Field Guide to Wisconsin Sedges, is available in the Arboretum Store.
  • Intended audience: Advanced students and professionals
  • Prerequisites: Prior experience with plant identification required

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