, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 191-192
Date: 18 Oct 2012

M. L. Schummer, H. M. Hagy, K. S. Fleming, J. C. Cheshier, J. T. Callicutt: A Guide to Moist-soil Wetland Plants of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley

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Mississippi has long been wanting for botanical references, and Schummer and colleagues’ Guide to Moist-soil Wetland Plants of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley provides a useful contribution to this deficiency. Practitioners of wetland field botany in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) will appreciate these authors’ treatment of some 120–150 species of plants commonly found in wetlands of the region. Especially helpful attributes of the book include photos and descriptions of multiple stages of life history, including seedlings for many species; descriptions of similarities to other species; and inclusion of details such as nativity, wetland indicator status, growth habit, and common habitats for each species. To further enhance the utility of this guide, the authors have grouped species into seven categories that, although not uniformly based on growth form or taxonomy, are readily recognizable to most potential users of this resource (e.g., “aquatics,” “broadleaves,” and “sedges an