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What you need to know about sedge

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  • The sedge family is the third largest monocot family, consisting of over 100 genera
  • Some of the most common types of sedges found in nature are yellow nut, purple nut, annual and globe
  • The easiest way to identify sedge is by cutting the stem and checking if it’s solid, as grasses usually have hollow stems. Another thing to note is that the cross-section of a stem branch is typically three-angled
  • Cyperus rotundus essential oil was found to contain DNA damage-protective, antioxidant and antibacterial properties

Not many people know this, but not all of the shrubs we think of as “grass” actually fall into that category. In fact, there are three distinct types of plants that are casually referred to as “grass.” Because of this, it’s believed that identifying sedges, rushes and grasses is one of the toughest aspects of botany. But while they all look alike, these plants belong to different families. This article will primarily focus on sedges, or Cyperaceae.


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