Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Fescue Sedge (Carex festucacea)
- Family: Sedge (Cyperaceae)
- Flowering: May-July.
- Field Marks: The spikes of this species overlap only slightly or not at all. The perigynia are broadly ovate or nearly round.
- Habitat: Wet woods, wet prairies, around lakes and ponds.
- Habit: Perennial herb with thickened rootstocks.
- Stems: Erect, smooth or sometimes rough to the touch, up to 3 feet tall.
- Leaves: Elongated, narrow, shorter than the stem, smooth, up to 1/6 inch broad.
- Flowers: Male and female borne separately; the male crowded at the base of the female spikelets; the female spikelets barely overlapping or separate, up to 1/2 inch long.
- Scales: Lanceolate to broadly lanceolate, rounded or pointed at the tip, up to 1/8 inch long.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Enclosed in a perigynium; the perigynium flat, ovate to nearly round, up to 1/6 inch long with a small beak.
- Fruits: Achenes smooth, 1/16 inch long.
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