Key to Tasmanian Dicots
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Carex (Cyperaceae) 4b:144  
Carex is one of Tasmania's largest genera, it has 25 native and 12 introduced species. These are quite varied, but most are species of wet forest, swampy or coastal areas. The stems are usually triangular in cross section, the leaves are moderately tough (though rarely as tough as Lepidosperma) and often with cutting edges (though not as deadly as Gahnia species). However, the fruit is the most distinctive feature - the fruit is contained in a sheath called a utricle. Uncinia also has utricles - but these end in a distinct hook.

Carex albula is called frosted curls.

 

   
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