Prairie Plants of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

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     A pioneer and leader in the preservation and restoration of native Midwest prairies since the 1930s, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum has a stellar collection of prairie plant species, including horsetails, ferns, rushes, sedges, grasses, shrubs, vines, and wildflowers. This guide illustrates and describes more than 360 native and introduced species that grow and bloom on the Arboretum prairies and also briefly discusses or mentions many additional species, infraspecific taxa, and hybrids. Its intent is to

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Overview

     A pioneer and leader in the preservation and restoration of native Midwest prairies since the 1930s, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum has a stellar collection of prairie plant species, including horsetails, ferns, rushes, sedges, grasses, shrubs, vines, and wildflowers. This guide illustrates and describes more than 360 native and introduced species that grow and bloom on the Arboretum prairies and also briefly discusses or mentions many additional species, infraspecific taxa, and hybrids. Its intent is to increase awareness and respect for remaining small prairie remnants, motivate readers to work for prairie preservation and restoration, and encourage the planting of native species in yards and gardens.
     Botanist and taxonomist Theodore S. Cochrane has written the text to engage a variety of readers: prairie enthusiasts, gardeners, amateur botanists, younger students learning about plants, and college students and professionals. Nomenclature follows in part the new APG classification system. Richly illustrated with detailed color photographs by Claudia S. Lipke and botanical illustrations and maps by Kandis Elliot, the guide provides a beautiful and informative sample of the flora of the Arboretum and of the southern Wisconsin prairie landscape. Many of the plants, of course, are also found throughout the upper Midwestern United States and in adjacent southern Canada. 
    

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978959005
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 359,577
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Theodore S. Cochrane is senior academic curator of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Herbarium. His several books include Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora, coauthored with Hugh Iltis.  

Kandis Elliot and Claudia S. Lipke are senior artists in the Department of Botany at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Elliot has created thousands of illustrations for science articles and texts and has authored and contributed to more than fifty publications. Lipke has been producing scientific and fine art photographs for more than 30 years.

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Table of Contents


A Look at Prairies     2
The Northern Temperate Grassland     3
The Prairie Communities of Wisconsin     6
The Arboretum Prairies     8
Arboretum Map     12
About this Book     14
Glossary     16
Flower Anatomy and Terminology     21
Specializations in Flowers     22
Species Treatments
Prairie Flora List: Families, Species, and Common Names     26
Descriptions     36
Selected Bibliography     344
Acknowledgments     348
Index     349
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