Brownish sedge

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. April 2011.

Scientific name: Carex brunnescens (Pers.) Poir.

Common name(s): brownish sedge

Link(s): USDA PLANTS Profile, NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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– perennial

-very variable

-leaf blade is 0.5–2.5 mm wide

-is considered threatened in the mid west


-alpine zone





Go Botany. “Carex Brunnescens (Pers.) Poir.” Carex Brunnescens (Brownish Sedge): Go Botany, 2021,

Eric T. Doucette, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Biology, MA College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA (updated Feb 2018)