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Currently out of stock. 

The third edition is anticipated to be available this Winter (2018).
If you are interested in purchasing the third edition, please email UWEX Lakes to get on a waiting list.

Features include:
  • Over 500 color photographs
  • Botanical keys to bur-reeds, bladderworts, watermilfoils, pondweeds, pond lillies,
    naiads, and stoneworts
  • Three practice pages

 Aquatic Plants of The Upper Midwest

A photographic field guide to Our Underwater Forests

by Paul M. Skawinski

This second edition of Aquatic Plants of the Upper Midwest uses over 500 color photographs to identify all of the true aquatic plants of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, including the difficult macro-algae of the Characeae family. This comprehensive, user-friendly guide will relieve anyone who has had difficulty using other aquatic plant guides. Handy appendices include botanical keys, species authorities, coefficient of conservatism values, invasive "watch" species, and much more.
$38 including handling

Sample pages:
Rough stonewort (Chara aspera) and Braun's stonewort (Chara braunii)
Water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia) and pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)

“This book is the definitive photographic guide to the often daunting world of aquatic plants."
- Ryan P. O'Connor 
Ecologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
“This book is an essential botanical reference for anyone interested in Midwestern plants; it is absolutely essential for anyone interested in the identification of aquatic macrophytes, far exceeding in clarity of presentation and photography any published North American aquatic plant guide."
- Dr. Emmet Judziewicz
  Professor of Plant Taxonomy, UW - Stevens Point; Author of Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region

“This is the second edition of this title, and it has been greatly expanded and improved. It now covers 152 taxa, includes over 500 color photographs, keys, scientific and common name indices, instructions on how to use the book in 13 parts, 12 appendices, authorities of Latin names, and a glossary. In short, it is jam-packed with everything you need to identify submergent aquatic plants in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

When you open up the book, the most striking thing about it is the stunning photographs. Skawinski has mastered the very difficult skill of underwater photography, producing amazingly clear and full color images of most of the species in their actual habitat underwater. Many taxa also include fresh specimens on a white background, close-ups of flower and seeds, leaves, and more, and all include a nickel for scale. The photos and morphological keys make identifying aquatic plants a breeze..
- James P. Bennett, Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin - Madison

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