WOODLAND SEDGE
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Carex blanda  Dewey
Riley County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 4- 24 inches
Family: Cyperaceae - Sedge Family
Flowering Period:   April, May, June
Culms: Strongly triangular, pale green, nearly glabrous, bases brownish.
Leaves: Blades to 3/5 inch wide, pale green, glabrous, sometimes slightly waxy; margins rough.
Sheaths: Thin, white on inner side.
Inflorescences: Spikes, usually unisexual; terminal spike staminate, 1/5 to 4/5 inch long, sessile or short-stalked; staminate scales blunt or very short pointed; centers green; margins transparent; lateral spikes pistillate, 2-5, oblong or linear-oblong, .25 to 1.25 inch long, ascending to erect, stalked or uppermost nearly sessile and contiguous with male spike; pistillate scales about as long as perigynia, usually awned; centers green; margins transparent; perigynia 8-25 per spike, ellipsoid or egg-shaped, usually pale yellowish green, strongly several-nerved; beaks short, distinctly curved.
Fruits: Achenes, triangular, yellowish brown, 1-seeded; stigmas 3.
Habitat: Dry or wet wooded areas, ditches, and along streams.
Distribution: East 1/2 of Kansas.
Comments: A commonly encountered species of Carex.

Woodland sedge inflorescence
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