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Carex macrocephala (Large headed sedge)

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Copyright © 2006 Mary Jo Adams

 

This native species and member of the sedge family is found on sandy beaches and in dune areas.  The plant grows to a height of about 1 foot with the flower spikes being about 2 inches long.  Male and female flowers are on separate plants with the seed producing female plants having larger flowering spikes.   Large headed sedge ranges from northern Oregon to Alaska and is also found in Asia.  It is also commonly called big headed sedge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This page was created by Mary Jo Adams on 8/23/06.

 

 

photo of large headed sedge

 

photo of large headed sedge

photo of large headed sedge seed

 

photo of large headed sedge male flower spike