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This delicate sedge looks like a smaller version of the better-known Carex stricta (Tussock Sedge), although it is not closely related to the latter species. It has a grassy appearance, superficially resembling one of the Brome grasses (Bromus spp.) or perhaps another grass. However, unlike a Brome grass, it forms dense tussocks. In Illinois, the closest relative of Brome-Like Sedge is Carex deweyana (Dewey's Sedge); this latter species has been found only once within the state. Dewey's Sedge differs by having wider leaf blades (exceeding 3 mm. across), wider perigynia that lack significant veins along their inner sides, and spikelets that are less likely to overlap with each other along the rachis (central stalk) of the inflorescence.

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