Ribbed Sedge is a native perennial grass that grows in much of Virginia. It is in the genus Carex, which contains more than 2,000 species. The study of sedges in this genus is known as "caricology". Sedges are flowering plants that superficially resemble rushes and grasses. One of the best know species is the Papyrus Sedge, from which the ancient Egyptians made the papyrus on which they wrote; the word "paper" is derived from papyrus.
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