It's not everyday that I get to see a sedge (Carex) species that I haven't seen before. Imagine my surprise and excitement, then, at having the opportunity to see three sedge species I'd never seen in a single day... just one state away in Michigan! Well, I guess the Upper Peninsula technically counts as Michigan, even though it feels a bit more like Alaska.
|Carex media; note the fresh spikelet.|
|Carex media along the shore of the island.|
|Spike of Carex rossii. Note the leaf-like lowest pistillate bract of the non-basal spike.|
|Carex backii. Note the wide bracts that conceal the spikes.|