Sunday, April 10, 2011

greater bladder sedge

Here is an example of Carex intumescens in the family of cyperaceae:

This picture was taken in April 2007 at Mule Jail, very close to the Pearl River.  A North American native, this plant is found from Newfoundland to Florida and west to Wyoming.  It happens to be threatened in Illinois and those folks call it swollen sedge.  C. intumescens has some notable relatives in the family cyperaceae, according to Wikipedia, both water chestnuts and papyrus of the paper making kind call this little plant cousin.

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