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Carex radiata   (Wahlenb. ) Small
Miami County, Kansas
Height: 8-32 inches
Family: Cyperaceae - Sedge Family
Flowering Period:   April, May, June
Culms: Erect to ascending to prostrate, 3-sided, very slender, grooved.
Leaves: 3-6, basal and alternate on lower 1/4 of culm; blades 1 to 16 inches long, 1/25 to 1/12 inch wide, shorter than flowering culm, ascending to arching, flat, glabrous, margins and mid-vein rough.
Sheaths: Tight around culm, green.
Ligules: U-shaped, as wide or wider than long.
Inflorescences: 1 to 3 inches long, 1/5 to 1/3 inch wide; lowest bract bristle-like, 2 to 3 inches long, extending above upper spike; spikes, 4-8, upper spikes sometimes close to one another, lowermost spikes well separated; perigynia 3-9 per spike, spreading or reflexed, sessile, tip obtuse, acute, or awned, staminate flowers at tip, pistillate flowers at base; pistillate scales ovate, half as long as perigynia, mid-vein green, tip rounded to bluntly pointed; staminate scales inconspicuous; perigynia green to yellowish brown, ovoid-lanceoloid, 1/10 to 1/8 inch, 2-3 times as long as wide, longitudinally ridged, margins minutely toothed in upper 1/3, tapering to short 2-toothed beak; stigmas 2, reddish brown, mostly straight.
Fruits: Achenes, yellowish to dark brown, ovoid.
Habitat: Mesic to wet woodlands, often in seasonal wet areas.
Distribution: East 1/4 of Kansas
Comments: Forms dense clumps. The old, dead leaves often persist to the next growing season. Carex radiata is very similar to Carex rosea.

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