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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.
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 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).
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, class Liliopsida, order Cyperales, family Cyperaceae.
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sedge

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

used as symbol of purity in da Vinci paintings. [Plant Symbolism: Embolden, 25]
See: Purity
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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
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The pilots visibly cringed and Andy said he was married and Sedge also confirmed he was off the market - much to Richard's dissapointment.
the Hackled sedge comes from the tiedathame website, and is tied on a size-12 Kamasan B175 hook using black UNI 8/0 thread.
Best areas are Matthew's Linn, Belling, Hawkhope and Kielder Waterside using intermediate lines with Orange Fritz, Black Snake, Yellow Blob and when the weather allows a dry fly such as a Sedge or Black Hopper.
It was planted in 2016 and features 35 to 40 different sedges. This is the perfect time to observe the sedges because their seed heads are in full view one of the best ways to identify the different types.
In Ham Tan sedge mat weaving village, locals have produced various types of sedge mats for nearly 100 years.
Flies working well have included Hoppers, Daddies, Sedge, Buzzers, Bloodworm, Damsels, GRHE, Cats Whiskers, Zonkers and Blobs.
And to look at it, it's a green sedge with a white tuft sticking out the top and is generally hidden in other grasses, quite difficult to spot.
The arching bronze-red leaves of weeping brown sedge Carex Flagellifera are best seen in tall pots.
Paper Mill Fishery 07814 741252 Evening fishing from 4pm to 9pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday has started and the fish are coming to sedges, grey duster and hopper patterns.
Jubilee Lakes: Shuttlecocks, brown sedge patterns, Daddies, Green and Black Montana, Black Nymphs, Diawl Bach, bloodworm.
Davies said: "We have a good record against Sedge since they came down into this league a few seasons ago and they are yet to win at Paton Field in National 2 North.