Cloth, 465 pp., $67
This definitive guide to aquatic and standing water plants covers vegetation that may be found in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Nebraska. The distinguished botanist Robert H. Mohlenbrock includes in an extensive listing of “...most plants that live in lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams, as well as plants that live in marshes, bogs, fens, wet meadows, sedge meadows, wet prairies, swampy woods, and temporary depressions in woods, on cliffs, and in barrens.” The names of these plants are based on his professional opinion from long experience in this field. The text contains a general key to species. It is followed by individual descriptions and helpful line drawings. This remarkable book, which includes the most challenging category of plants for classification because of their habitat, is destined to become a classic.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden