Sunday, March 27, 2011

Juniper Sedge - Carex juniperorum

Juniper Sedge is one of those Southern Ohio rarities that often goes unnoticed. The flowers should be developing within the next couple of weeks.
It’s not hard to understand why people overlook this plant. It’s doesn’t get very tall and in larger plants, the growth seems to radiate from a central point in such a way that the plant appears to have been flattened by someone’s boot.
The flowers are soon replaced by the long beaked perigynia.
Juniper Sedge thrives in the same dry conditions so often frequented by Eastern Red Cedar. The presence of cedars doesn’t seem to be a requirement of the sedge, so look for Juniper Sedge in any prairie-like openings.

Photos taken April 25, 2010 in Adams County. Ohio.

1 comment:

  1. Hello,

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