Scirpus cyperinus wool-grass Cyperaceae SCCY; Bx, pb; Q, j; K, m; R, ah, h, gb, gr, is, k, t, v, w;

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Scirpus cyperinus.Mac H. Alford.www .plantsystemarics.org (Accessed 6/2014).

Scirpus cyperinus is perennial, C3 sedge (Bryson and Carter 1977) to 2 m tall; clumped, forming dense tussocks from short, tough rhizomes; stems upright, sparsely colonial from short rhizomes. 

Leaves alternate, linear, 0.3-1 cm wide, bright green, rigid, basal leaves apparently resprouting in late fall, semi-evergreen (Gargiullo personal observation); base of leaf sheaths green to brown; inflorescence bracts leaf-like, unequal, tips drooping. 

Flower spikelets 0.3-0.6 cm, egg-shaped, rusty-brown, numerous, clustered, bristles elongate, collectively making inflorescence appear wooly when mature; inflorescence stalks branched, open; blooming and fruiting Aug.-Oct. Seeds eaten by numerous water fowl and other birds, also small mammals 

Wetland status: FACW+. 

Frequency in NYC: Occasional. 

Origin: Native.

 Habitat: Open freshwater marshes, wet, low nutrient soil, pH 4.8-7.2 (USDA, NRDC 2010). 

Notes: Stems and roots eaten by muskrats (Martin et al. 1951).