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DescriptionThis native sedge consists of a dense tuft of vegetative shoots and fertile culms. The culms are shorter than the blades of the leaves. The culms are about 2-4" long, light green, sharply 3-angled, and hairless; they are slightly winged and rough-textured along their edges. Each culm has several alternate leaves along its length; however, the lowest leaves are primarily sheaths without blades. The widely spreading leaf blades are up to 7" long and 3.5 mm. across; they are light to medium green and glabrous. Each leaf blade is keeled/channeled along its length in the middle. The two outer sides of each sheath are light green and hairless, while the inner side of the sheath is membranous. Toward the base of each culm, the sheaths become brown. Each culm terminates in a tight cluster of 2-3 pistillate spikelets and a single staminate spikelet. Each pistillate spikelet consists of a perigynium and its pistillate scale. Each perigynium is about 5 mm. long and 2.0 mm. across; its apex consists of a beak about 2 mm. long, while its main body is obovoid in shape (globoid with a wedge-shaped bottom). The outer surface of an immature perigynium is light green and glabrous. The pistillate scales of the perigynia are leafy in appearance; they are typically 5-20 mm. long. The base of each pistillate scale is slightly swollen; this is where its margins are membranous. Adjacent to the perigynia, is a narrow staminate spikelet up to 8 mm. long. The staminate scales of this spikelet have blunt or truncate tips with dark brown margins; this provides the staminate spikelet with a banded appearance. The blooming period occurs from mid- to late spring. The pistillate florets of the perigynia are wind-pollinated. Inside each perigynium, there is a small achene about 2.0-2.5 mm. long that is globoid in shape and bluntly 3-angled. The root system is fibrous and short-rhizomatous. This sedge spreads primarily by reseeding itself.