Rushes are not members of the sedge family, They are represented by only 2 species at FF/NW and are included here simply because it was the most convenient place to put them.  Like the sedges, they are grasslike plants but their stems are round, not triangular in shape. (Remember the old phrase sedges have edges, rushes are round)  Although their stems are round like the grasses, they do not have nodes (joints) like the grasses do.

Rushes differ from both the grasses and sedges in that they have tiny, lily-like flowers with 3 inconspicuous petals and 3 similar sepals arranged in a circle around the reproductive parts.  Their fruit is also different, consisting of a capsule filled with many tiny seeds.

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