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Sedging our bets

What’s the difference between a weasel and a stoat? Easy. A weasel’s weasily wecognised, while a stoat’s stoatally different. The same, unfortunately, can’t be said of grasses and sedges. But luckily we’ve got naturalist Dave on hand with a grass masterclass.

Grasses have flowers with both male and female parts, he explains, while sedges have the male and female parts on different parts of the plant.

The easiest way to tell them apart, though, is to remember that sedges have triangular stems and grasses have round stems. Yes, sedges have edges, chirps up assistant Matt.

See if you can spot the difference in the photograph below. Hint: The sedge is on the right. Look for the edges!

A grass and a sedge

A grass (left) and a sedge (right)

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