Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.
Scientific name: Carex communis L.H. Bailey
Common name(s): fibrousroot sedge, fibrous-root sedge, fibrous-rooted sedge, colonial oak sedge
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– early-fruiting perennial
– typically yellow-green
-broad leaf bases
-stem leaf blade 2.6–5 mm in width
– may be confused with C. lucorum, also found in wild blueberry fields, or C. pensylvanica; see left sidebar on Go Botany webpage
– found in dry places
Go Botany. “Carex Communis Bailey.” Carex Communis (Fibrous-Rooted Sedge): Go Botany, 2021, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/carex/communis/.
Eric T. Doucette, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Biology, MA College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA (updated Feb 2018)