The Importance of Lyngby's Sedge
- This is probably the most important plant in Alaska's marine wetlands.
- The plants scientific name is Carex lyngbyei
- How do you tell a sedge from a grass?
- Canada Geese and many waterfowl eat its seeds, graze the green stems and roots.
- In spring they like to nip off the protein-rich new growth that starts under the horny tips that emerge in the fall.
- Think about the advantage of starting to emerge in fall just before winter.
- How can you tell if geese and ducks have been feeding on this plant?
- For more information about this sedge and other wetland plants look at Mendenhall Wetlands
- To learn about the value of sedges browse Wetland Sedges of Alaska by Gerald Tande & Robert Lipkin