Carex blanda Dewey

Eastern Wood Sedge

Carex blanda plant

Family - Cyperaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Carex blanda baseBase of plant.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Carex blanda inflorescence

Flowers - No info. yet.

Carex blanda staminate spikeStaminate spike and pistillate fruits.

Flowering - April - July.

Habitat - Swamps, bottoms, mesic to dry woods, lawns, roadsides, streambanks.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This common sedge is found throughout Missouri. As seen above, the plant can be found in a variety of habitats. It is one of the more common plants in the state but is overlooked by most because of its bland and weedy appearance.
The plant can be identified in the field by its pale stem bases, its inflated, beaked fruits, and its typically wide and pleated leaves. This species forms tufts of many flowering stems.

Photographs taken in the Ozark Scenic Riverways, Shannon County, MO., 5-19-03.