Photo Robert D. Mohlenbrock

Golden Fruited Sedge
Carex aurea Nutt.

A perennial, grass like herb with whitish, creeping rhizomes.  The stems are slender, upright and unbrached up to 15 inches tall.  The leaves are elongated and flat, up to 1/6 wide, smooth and sometimes longer than the stem. It differs from grasses by it's solid, triangular stems instead of round hollow stems.  It flowers during May through July.  The sedge grows in wet to boggy soil of meadows around springs and along steams in the open. It is found throughout the western states.