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Genus: Carex — sedge

Carex plants must have mature seeds for accurate identification. You also need to examine the basal portions of the stems and the underground organs. The basal portion of the plant is important for observing the leaf sheath color, presence/absence of blades, and the form of the sheath as it disintegrates. Observation of underground organs is necessary to determine if the plants are rhizomatous or clumped.


Cyperaceae (sedge family)

This genus’s species in New England

Visit this genus in the Dichotomous Key