Cyperaceae: Sedge Family — Carex (Sedges)
“Reeds and rushes are round but sedges have edges”. There is some truth in this popular saying, but it is not always correct. This page deals with a few members of the Carex genus—sedges as they are commonly understood–which do follow the rule. Sedges are a highly complex group. Their inflorescences combine male and female flowers, sometimes on different heads (spikelets), sometimes one above the other on the same head. A proper botanical key is necessary to identify species with confidence. They are difficult to identify from photographs alone.