Aug. 24, 2020

raven-foot sedge, Carex crus-corvi

Raven-foot is a big sedge, over three feet tall. These flowering spikes look kind of messy, and they are less organized than many other sedge species. Many sedges sort their flowers out, with sexes segregated to different spikes, or different parts of spikes. Raven-foot doesn't seem to care, and certainly doesn't care if it is less appeling to human eyes. But it appealed to mine! This sedge hadn't been found in Michigan since 1956 until it turned up at Carol's place. Ravenfoot grows in damp ground in AL, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI(E), MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, OH(T), OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI(T), and ON. Lenawee Co MI, 6/9/13. Sedge family, Cyperaceae.