Carex maximowiczii, a
perennial common in paths between paddies or wetlands, 40-70cm in
height, sends out short runners to make growth in-crowd. Stems are
sharply 3-ridged, and the upper parts feel sandy. The leaves are
4-6cm wide and linear, and the back side is powdery in white. Leaves
at the bases lack blades, ending up in nothing but sheath. Spikelets,
2-4 in number, with long pedicels droop down. Bloom time: May-June.