Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Slender Sedge (Carex tenera)
- Family: Sedge (Cyperaceae)
- Flowering: April-June.
- Field Marks: The spikes of this species are not overlapping, the perigynia are ovate to narrowly ovate.
- Habitat: Wet woods, around ponds and lakes, roadside ditches.
- Habit: Perennial herb with thickened rootstocks.
- Stems: Erect, smooth, up to 2 1/2 feet tall.
- Leaves: Elongated, narrow, smooth, up to 1/10 inch broad.
- Flowers: Male and female borne separately; the male crowded at the base of the female spikelets; the spikelets rounded or somewhat pointed, usually not overlapping and sometimes widely separated, up to 2/5 inch long.
- Scales: Broadly lanceolate, rounded or pointed at the tip, about 1/10 inch long.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Enclosed in a perigynium; each perigynium flat, narrowly ovate to ovate, up to 1/6 inch long.
- Fruits: Achenes smooth, 1/16 inch long.
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