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A grass-like plant with triangular stems and inconspicuous flowers, growing typically in wet ground. Sedges are widely distributed throughout temperate and cold regions.
- ‘The precise detail in illustrations of flowers and seeds of sedges and rushes are a valuable aid with their identification.’
- ‘Plant matter usually consists of the seeds of grasses, sedges, and pond-weeds.’
- ‘The cover of ferns, woody plants, and sedges was excluded from our analysis because their average covers were extremely low and most plot values were zero.’
- ‘Soras eat seeds from smartweeds, sedges, and grasses.’
- ‘Botanical species in this ancient ecosystem included sagebrush, bluegrass, sedges, and herbs.’
- ‘There's the blue and white of bluebells and wood anemones, celandines and sedges, orchids, and especially good ferns.’
- ‘Terrestrial annuals represented a diverse group of species, with 60 of them classified as herbs, 18 as sedges and 17 as grasses.’
- ‘Also present are bog asphodel, deer grass and sedges such as slender sedge and bog sedge.’
- ‘I've planted cannas, water lettuce, nymphaeas, sedges, and waterlilies in my water gardens.’
- ‘Mallards are omnivorous, eating seeds, stems, and roots from a variety of aquatic plants, especially sedges, grasses, pondweeds, and smartweeds.’
- ‘It is a sad and spectral landscape of thin, undulating, sandy soils, pine trees, reeds, broom, sedges and whispering dry grasses, under those endless, two-tone Russian skies.’
- ‘Some of the smaller plants that grow here are fire snag, wild rose, Labrador tea, bearberry, sedges, eriacaceous shrubs, cottongrass, moss, sphagnum moss, feathermoss, bog cranberry, and blueberry.’
- ‘While most sedges possess triangular stems, its stem is round in cross section.’
- ‘Across South America, fiber string is traditionally made not only from palms but also from sedges, succulent plants, cotton, and even a wild relative of the pineapple.’
- ‘For example, at Magela Creek, northern Australia, hydrophilic palms and mangroves proximal to the waterhole give way to fire-prone sedges, grasses and paperbark on the dry floodbasin.’
- ‘Dry grasses and some sedges cover the meadow during the dry season (March-July) when I conducted this study.’
- ‘They nest on the ground, among sedges or grasses close to water.’
- ‘The herbaceous vegetation would have been rich and diverse, including, for example, cattail, buttonbush, numerous sedges, grasses and rushes, and bushy willows and alder.’
- ‘Marl prairie is a relatively diverse floristic association dominated by grasses, sedges, and rushes growing on thin limestone soils that are seasonally flooded.’
- ‘Grasses, sedges and bamboos are grown mostly for their foliage and anything that enhances that effect is worth having.’
Old English secg, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin secare ‘to cut’.
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