sedge

(redirected from Sedges)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.

sedge,

common name for members of the Cyperaceae, a family of grasslike and rushlike herbs found in all parts of the world, especially in marshes of subarctic and temperate zones. The name sedge is also used specifically for species of the genus Carex of the same family. Sedges differ from true grasses in having solid, angular (usually triangular) stems. Most are perennial, reproducing by rhizomes. Some sedges are woven into mats and chair seats, and a few provide coarse hay. The pith of Cyperus papyrus was the source of the papyruspapyrus
, a sedge (Cyperus papyrus), now almost extinct in Egypt but so universally used there in antiquity as to be the hieroglyphic symbol for Lower Egypt and a common motif in art. The roots were used as fuel; the pith was eaten.
..... Click the link for more information.
 of ancient Egypt and other Mediterranean countries. Bulrushes, often called clubrushes, are sedges of the genus Scirpus; various other similar plants are also called bulrushes. The bulrushes in which the infant Moses was hidden (Ex. 2.8) were probably papyrus. The Oriental water chestnut (Eleocharis tuberosa) is cultivated extensively among the Chinese for its edible tubers. An unrelated Asian aquatic plant, Trapa natans, also called water chestnut (or water caltrop or hornnut) and sometimes also used for food, is now naturalized in the United States. Many genera of the sedge family have indigenous and abundant species in America. Sedge is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
..... Click the link for more information.
, class Liliopsida, order Cyperales, family Cyperaceae.

sedge

A plant which grows in dense tufts in marshy places; used to form a ridge on a thatched roof.

sedge

used as symbol of purity in da Vinci paintings. [Plant Symbolism: Embolden, 25]
See: Purity

sedge

1. any grasslike cyperaceous plant of the genus Carex, typically growing on wet ground and having rhizomes, triangular stems, and minute flowers in spikelets
2. any other plant of the family Cyperaceae
References in periodicals archive ?
Jubilee Lakes: Shuttlecocks, brown sedge patterns, Daddies, Green and Black Montana, Black Nymphs, Diawl Bach, bloodworm.
Botanically speaking, Everillo is Carex oshimensis and has the common name Japanese sedge.
boisei "Nutcracker Man" because of its large, flat teeth and powerful jaws, but recent analyses indicate it might have instead used its back teeth to grind grasses and sedges, Sponheimer said.
However, in their paper the authors observe that at the time when Australopithecus bahrelghazali roamed, the area would have had reeds and sedges growing around a network of shallow lakes, with floodplains and wooded grasslands beyond.
One form of carbon comes mostly from grasses and sedges, and the other mainly from shrubs and trees.
A related plant, the hook sedge, uncinia rubra produces stunning bronze-green tufts up to 37cm (15") tall - try viola cornuta with it for an excellent contrast.
No modern great ape uses sedges (or grasses) as its primary food source.
Another source of information has been the published literature on the sedges of Illinois, including Jones (1963), Mohlenbrock (1986, 2002), and the Flora of North America (FNA; 2002) mentioned in the introduction.
2008b) reported that the wetland complex on the IMI property near Luray, Indiana, had a higher percentage of grasses and sedges (about 20%) when compared to other, non-wetland sites.
He has been heralded by English Nature for his work helping a professor at Oxford University to take the last sample of the flaming red fox sedge and bring it back into existence by propagating what was thought to be lost - it has been reintroduced to the British countryside.
com) offers hundreds of grasses and sedges of every imaginable size, color and texture.
From the outside, the 26,000-hectare ranch with a corrugated-iron house fenced by low-lying broom sedges and thorn bushes looks much like it did a century ago.