Carex glaucescens Elliot - Clustered Sedge
Family - Cyperaceae
Base of plant.
Arrow shows ligule.
Mature staminate spike.
Flowering - July - September.
Habitat - Bogs, pond margins, seepage areas.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This attractive sedge can be found scattered throughout much of Alabama. THe plant can be identified by its pendulous pistillate spikes, which are typically androgynous, and its glaucous fruits. The fruits are essentially smooth. Other similar species have fruits that are obviously ribbed. These other species also have at least a few of their pistillate spikes erect.
Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Lee County, AL., 7-31-05.