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Fringed Sedge is readily identified by its abundant drooping spikelets and the bristly appearance of those spikelets from the awn-like tips of the pistillate scales. It is a rather variable species across its range and different varieties have been described. In Illinois, the typical variety, Carex crinita crinita, is the most common by far. Another variety, Carex crinita brevicrinis, has been found in southern Illinois, where it is rare. This latter variety has larger perigynia, shorter tips on its pistillate scales, and achenes that are never crimped along one side. Another variety, Carex crinita gynandra, has been found in southern Illinois recently, where it is rare. Sometimes this variety is regarded as a distinct species, Carex gynandra (Fringed Look-Alike Sedge). This variety (or species) differs from the preceding varieties of Fringed Sedge by its pistillate scales


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