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Fimbristylis puberula   (Michx. ) Vahl
Anderson County, Kansas
Height: To 40 inches
Family: Cyperaceae - Sedge Family
Flowering Period:   May, June
Culms: Solitary or in small tufts; stiff, glabrous.
Leaves: 1-several, basal, ascending, narrowly linear, shorter than to nearly equaling culm, 1/25 to 1/12 inch wide, glabrous or pubescent, margins rolled inward.
Sheaths: Basal sheaths pale; sheaths hard, fibrous, tips with marginal hairs.
Ligules: Absent or present.
Inflorescences: Umbel-like to cyme-like, simple or compound, ascending-branching; lower leafy involucral bracts exceeding or exceeded by inflorescence; rays 1-5, unequal, spreading; spikelets red-brown, broadly ovoid to lance-cylindric, 1/5 to 2/5 inch long, several-flowered; scales spirally arranged, overlapping in several series, ovate, 1/10 to 1/8 inch, glabrous or minutely pubescent, apiculate.
Fruits: Achenes, yellowish to dark brown, obovoid, less than 1/12 inch, pitted.
Habitat: Moist sandy or clay prairies, lake and pond shores.
Distribution: Nearly statewide
Origin: Native
Comments: Two varieties occur in Kansas.

Hairy fimbry spikelets
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Anderson County, Kansas
Hairy fimbry inflorescence
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Anderson County, Kansas