Sedge (11)

Sedges are usually found in moist areas and have solid triangular stems. See also Bulrush, Three Square and Spikerush also in the Sedge family.

Carex aquatilis

Water Sedge
Carex aquatilis

Family: Sedge (Cyperaceae)
AKA: Leafy Tussock Sedge
Photo taken on: July 14, 2012
Location: Paradise Divide, CO
Life Zones: Foothills to subalpine
Habitat: Wet, open areas

Grows to 3 feet with dry leaves at the base and leaves shorter than the stems. One to two male flower spikes are at the tip, two to six female below with the lowest bract extending past the topmost spike.

Flora of North America reference.

Carex douglasii

Douglas' Sedge
Carex douglasii

Family: Sedge (Cyperaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: June 1, 2016
Location: Agua Caliente Spring, Abiquiu, NM
Life Zones: Plains to montane
Habitat: Dry, wet and seasonably moist areas

Grows 6" to 16" high. This was about 8". Leaves are narrow and grass-like. The flower heads are dense, about an inch long. The female flowers have very long stigmas that form a tangled mat.

Flora of North America reference.

Carex ebenea

Ebony Sedge
Carex ebenea

Family: Sedge (Cyperaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: June 22, 2013
Location: Mt. Crested Butte, CO
Life Zones: Montane to alpine
Habitat: Meadows, roadsides

Grows to 20" with stems longer than the wide, flat leaves. The flowers are in a dense cluster at the top of the stem and have black scales.

Flora of North America reference.

Carex hassei

Salt Sedge
Carex hassei

Family: Sedge (Cyperaceae)
AKA: False Golden Sedge
Photo taken on: July 5, 2014
Location: Almont, CO
Life Zones: Plains and foothills
Habitat: Meadows, roadsides

Grows to 16" with very narrow leaves. The flower head sometimes has the male flowers in a spike above the female spike. A long leaf-like bract extends beyond the flower head. The fruits are egg-shaped and greenish white or pale gold with a brownish tip.

Flora of North America reference.

Carex microptera

Smallwing Sedge
Carex microptera

Family: Sedge (Cyperaceae)
AKA: Narrow-Winged Sedge
Photo taken on: August 29, 2014
Location: Ditch Trail, Brush Creek, GV, CO
Life Zones: Foothills and montane
Habitat: Moist meadows, stream banks

Grows to 3 feet tall in dense clumps. Flower head is a dense cluster of scaly, brown flowers.

Flora of North America reference.

Carex nebrascensis

Nebraska Sedge
Carex nebrascensis

Family: Sedge (Cyperaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: July 9, 2014
Location: Lily Lake Trail, GV, CO
Life Zones: Plains to subalpine
Habitat: Wet meadows

Grows 8" to 20" with up to 3 male flower spikes above 2 to 4 female spikes, similar to Water Sedge. The lowest bract does not extend past the flower head.

Flora of North America reference.

Carex pachystachya

Chamisso Sedge
Carex pachystachya

Family: Sedge (Cyperaceae)
AKA: Thick-headed Sedge
Photo taken on: July 14, 2012
Location: Paradise Divide, GV, CO
Life Zones: Plains to montane
Habitat: Moist meadows, roadsides, forest edges

Grows to 40" with grass-like leaves. The flowers spikes are in a dense cluster at the top of the stem and are gold to coppery brown with a metallic sheen and a dark tip.

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Flora of North America reference.

Carex pellita

Woolly Sedge
Carex pellita

Family: Sedge (Cyperaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: July 21, 2017
Location: Monte Vista NWR, SLV, CO
Life Zones: Plains to subalpine
Habitat: Moist and wet meadows, stream banks

Grows to over 3 feet tall. The base of the leaves is reddish-purple. It has narrow male flower spikes above 2 or 3 cylindrical female spikes. A lower leafy bract extends beyond the female spikes.

Flora of North America reference.

Carex phaeocephala

Dunhead Sedge
Carex phaeocephala

Family: Sedge (Cyperaceae)
AKA: Head-like Sedge
Photo taken on: July 13, 2012
Location: Poverty Gulch, GV, CO
Life Zones: Subalpine to alpine
Habitat: Dry, rocky slopes

Grows to 18" in dense tufts with leaves shorter than the stem. Reddish-brown flower spikes are clustered at the top of the stem.

Carex phaeocephala

Flora of North America reference.

Carex praticola

Meadow Sedge
Carex praticola

Family: Sedge (Cyperaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: July 17, 2017
Location: Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery, GV, CO
Life Zones: Plains to subalpine
Habitat: Moist meadows, open, dry woods

Grows in dense clumps to 3 feet tall. The inflorescence is an erect or nodding cluster of several flower spikes which have green or gold to dark brown scales.

Flora of North America reference.

Carex utriculata

Beaked Sedge
Carex utriculata

Family: Sedge (Cyperaceae)
AKA: Northwest Territory Sedge, Swollen-beaked Sedge
Photo taken on: August 29, 2014
Location: Ditch Trail, Brush Creek, GV, CO
Life Zones: Plains to montane
Habitat: Wet areas, stream sides, marshes

Grows to 4 feet with a long leaf-like bract extending beyond the flower spikes. Leaves are flat and yellowish-green. The narrow, brown male flower spikes are above the larger female flower spikes which are a dense cylinder of golden or brown pointed (beaked) fruits. A common sedge.

Flora of North America reference.

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