Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Leaves are unique in NC's Carex in being very broad and the surface generally puckered like seersucker fabric. Read more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Seersucker Sedge, Plantainleaf Sedge
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March Polk County NC
Flowering stem usually leafless w a terminal male spike, 3-4 female spikes, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.
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April Sevier County TN
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The "semi-naked" flowering stems of Plantainleaf Sedge are distinctive, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
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August Polk County NC
Bright green 10" foliage that puckers between the veins. Leaves 0.5-1" wide, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.