Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Meadow Sedge (Carex granularis)
- Family: Sedge (Cyperaceae)
- Flowering: April-July.
- Field Marks: This species has male spikes separate from the female spikes and beakless perigynia about 1/8 inch long.
- Habitat: Wet woods, swamps, along streams, wet meadows, wet prairies.
- Habit: Perennial herb with thickened rootstocks.
- Stems: Erect, smooth, pale green to bluish, up to 2 1/2 feet tall.
- Leaves: Elongated, narrow, usually rough along the edges, up to 1/3 inch broad.
- Flowers: Male and female borne separately; the male flowers in slender, solitary spikes up to 1 1/4 inches long; the pistillate flowers in 2-4 narrow cylindric spikes up to 1 inch long.
- Scales: Narrowly ovate, tapering to a short point.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Enclosed in a perigynium; the perigynium ovoid to obovoid, up to 1/8 inch long, tapering to a very short beak.
- Fruits: Achenes smooth, obovoid, about 1/10 inch long.
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