Carex scoparia, or Pointed Broom Sedge, is a grass-like plant found in many types of moist to wet habitats, including those created or regularly disturbed by humans. The plant ranges from about 8-40 inches tall and the flowering stalks (inflorescences) range from about 6-24 inches long. There are two distinct varieties, C. scoparia var. scoparia and C. scoparia var. tessellata. Variety scoparia is common throughout the United States and Canada, but variety tessellata is only known from Maine and New Brunswick. The two varieties can be distinguished because, where they co-occur, variety tessellata has narrower leaves and thinner stems than variety scoparia. Unfortunately, little is known about the rarer form, C. scoparia var. tessellata.
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