Dec. 20, 2020

slender woodland sedge, Carex digitalis

Ever get frustrated with a wildflower guide when things just didn't seem to come out right? Then go find a technical manual, look at those obscurely worded identification keys and think you need a new hobby? Don't be scared off! Sedges are great trainers. There's scads of them. They're nicely put together, with discreet identifiable parts. So if you want or need to learn to use those keys, go get some sedges. They are arranged in all sorts of arrangements, but you will quickly realize there are patterns to it. And the language of their parts is not too obscure. Sure, they didn't have to call their fruit perigynia, but you can forgive that one lapse. So what have we here? Three-sided fruit, sexes in separate heads, leaf width and smoothness, and so on, and you quickly find out it's Carex digitalis. Way to go! These days, you can then look at it in on-line images and see that you didn't get too far into the weeds. If you look your answer up in the text you can find out that slender woodland sedge grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, NS, ON, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 5/10/14. Sedge family, Cyperaceae.