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Because of the dense tuft of slender leaves and star-like clusters of the inflorescence, this medium-small sedge is rather ornamental. Star Sedge is very similar in appearance to another common species, Carex rosea (Curly-Style Star Sedge), which is found in the same woodland habitats. This sedge differs from Star Sedge by its strongly recurved styles and its slightly wider leaf blades (up to 3 mm. across). Another similar species, Carex socialis (Colonial Sedge), differs primarily by its long rhizomes and loose tufts of leaves. However, this latter sedge is restricted to the southern tip of Illinois.


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Source: Illinois Wildflowers

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