Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Fuirena squarrosa Michx.
- Family: Sedge (Cyperaceae)
- Flowering: July-October
- Field Marks: This well-marked sedge is distinguished by its bristly looking spikelets crowded
into small clusters.
- Habitat: Low pinelands, swales, wet ditches, bogs, savannas, marshes.
- Habit: Perennial sedge with short rhizomes, frequently growing in clumps.
- Stems: Upright, up to 2 1/2 feet tall, smooth except usually for some short hairs just below
- Leaves: Elongated, narrow, up to 6 inches long, up to 1/3 inch wide, smooth or hairy on the
upper surface, smooth on the lower surface; sheaths hairy.
- Flowers: Borne in spikelets; spikelets 2-several, crowded in clusters at the tip of the stem, each
spikelet 1/2-1 inch long, appearing short bristly because of the awned scales.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior; style 3-cleft.
- Fruits: Achenes triangular, brown to greenish, obovoid, minute, less than 1/16 inch long,
subtended by short bristles.
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