Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.
Scientific name: Carex nigra (L.) Reichard
Common name(s): black sedge, black flowering sedge, smooth black sedge
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-spikes can seem to have a checkered appearance
-lowest bract has no sheath
– may be confused with C. lucorum, which also occurs in wild blueberry fields, especially when not in flower or in early flower. See Go Botany webpage for C. lucorum
-was first introduced to Georgia
Go Botany. “Carex Nigra (L.) Reichard.” Carex Nigra (Smooth Black Sedge): Go Botany, 2021, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/carex/nigra/.