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Carex stipata  Muhl. & Willd.
Ottawa County, Kansas
Height: 1 to 4 feet
Family: Cyperaceae - Sedge Family
Flowering Period:   June, July, August
Culms: Erect, stiff, strongly triangular, rough, base pale brown.
Leaves: Leaf blades 3--6, green, to 24 inch long, to 2/5 inch wide, flat, margins rough.
Sheaths: Sheaths open, green, prolonged at summit.
Ligules: Longer than wide.
Inflorescences: Elongate, cylindric, to 4 inch long, to 1 1/5 inch wide; bracts bristle-like, to 2 inch long; spikes 15--25, bisexual, staminate flowers above pistillate; pistillate scales transparent to yellowish brown, center green, lanceolate to ovate, much shorter than perigynia; staminate scales pale brown, narrowly lanceolate; perigynia 4--10 per spike, pale brown with reddish brown veins, lanceoloid, 1/6--1/4 inch long, gradually tapering to 2-toothed beak.
Fruits: Achenes, ovate; stigmas 2, reddish brown.
Habitat: Wet prairies and meadows, ditches, marshes.
Distribution: East 3/5 of Kansas
Origin: Native
Comments: Tufted, short rhizomatous. A common species found throughout much of the United States.

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