Monday, July 11, 2011

The Sedge Family

Sedges are everywhere, but largely overlooked.  They easily blend into the background, but I think they are appealing if you look closely.  The seeds are probably the best part of a sedge (in my opinion).  This photo is of the seeds of an unknown sedge (genus Carex), with cattail leaves in the background.  I hope you'll find this picture pleasing to the eye.

As I said, sedges are everywhere.  Find a grassy looking plant with sort of spiky seeds, and stems that are triangular (sedges have edges) and you have probably found a sedge.  When you start looking, you'll find them everywhere, and then you can start thinking about why they are so prevalent, but mostly unknown to most of us.