by Carl Strang
Many recent additions to the Mayslake Forest Preserve species list have come from my focus on learning about sedges, grasses and rushes. I have found two species of spike rush on the preserve. Most abundant is the red-rooted spike rush.
In one spot I found a second species, taller and more robust.
If plants can be cute, these spike rushes fit the bill. The cutest sedge to date has the charming name curly-styled wood sedge.
The little flower clusters are only an eighth of an inch in diameter.
I was interested in the plants growing in a little depression where I found abundant meadow katydids last summer. One dominant plant there
keyed to the common fox sedge.
It is so much bigger and different looking from the curly-styled wood sedge that it is surprising that both are in the same genus.
Soon I will be expanding my study to the grasses, as many are on the verge of flowering. One that is blooming already is the meadow foxtail.
The preserve plant list already has hundreds of species, and I have a long way to go.