Scientific name Carex disperma
Higher classification Sedges
|Similar Sedges, Carex loliacea, Carex chordorrhiza, Carex brunnescens, Carex magellanica subsp irri|
Carex disperma is a species of sedge known by the common name softleaf sedge. It is native to much of the northern Northern Hemisphere, from Alaska to Greenland, most of Canada and the contiguous United States, and across Eurasia.
Carex disperma grows in many types of wet habitat, such as swamps, meadows, and moist forest understory. This sedge produces thin, nodding stems up to 60 centimeters long from a network of branching rhizomes. The leaves are flat, green, and very narrow, less than 2 millimeters wide. The small open inflorescence is made up of 2 to 4 small rounded spikes.