Botanical name: Kyllinga nemoralis Family: Cyperaceae (Sedge family)
Synonyms: Cyperus kyllingia
The botanical species name nemoralis meanes, of woods or groves. White Water Sedge is a perennial creeping sedge spreading by means of a long-creeping rhizome, found in shaded meadows, rock crevices and road sides. Stems erect, up to 55 cm in height, 3-angled. Leaves many, usually shorter than the stem, linear, 1.5-3 mm wide, leaf sheath brown to purple-brown. Inflorescence is a spherical terminal head 5-10 mm in diameter, sometimes with 2-3 smaller fused lateral ones, subtended by 3-4 unequal, spreading, leafy bracts up to 20 cm long. Spikelets in the head are ovate to lanceolate, white, 2.5-3 mm long, 1-flowered. Fruit is an oblong to circular, lens-shaped achene 1.2-1.5 mm long, brown.
The flower labeled White Water Sedge is ...