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This sedge is usually found in rather dry open woodlands. It resembles many other Carex spp. (sedges), but its leaf blades and sheaths are conspicuously pubescent. Unlike Carex hirtifolia (Hairy Sedge) and some other hairy sedges (Carex spp.), the perigynia of Hairy-leaved Sedge are glabrous, rather than pubescent. Hairy-leaved Sedge could be confused with Carex bushii (Bush's Sedge), but the pistillate scales of the latter are longer than the perigynia. Another common name of Carex hirsutella is Downy Sedge.


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Source: Illinois Wildflowers

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