Rushes and sedges are superficially similar to grasses. In this article I describe how to tell by brief inspection whether a plant is a true grass, a rush, or a sedge. I also discuss the meanings of the related terms reed, cane and bulrush, so that you can correctly use all these terms in your dictionary work. Pipeworts, yet another kind of plant associated with aquatic environments, also receive a brief mention.
Sulang Language Data and Working Papers: Topics in Lexicography
Sulawesi Language Alliance
Table of Contents:
Confessions of a naïve lexicographer; The place of grasses, rushes and sedges in the plant kingdom; How to distinguish grasses, rushes and sedges; Reeds, canes and bulrushes; Pipeworts;
Version 1 [06 December 2011] An earlier version of this paper originally circulated July 2006; reformatted for publication December 2011.
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