Carex annectens (E.P. Bicknell) E.P. Bicknell - Yellow-fruited Sedge


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Carex annectens - (image 1 of 4)



Family: Cyperaceae


Section Multiflorae


Synonymous with C. vulpinoidea var. ambigua, C. brachyglossa, and C. xanthocarpa var. annectens


Dry to moist open areas, often in calcareous soils.




ME and Quebec to SC, west to MN, NE, KS, OK, and LA. More common in coastal states.


Similar to C. vulpinoidea but the leaves are shorter than the flowering stems and the perigynia are golden brown to orange-yellow (vs. pale brown) and usually ovate to suborbicular (vs. elliptic) and short-beaked (vs. 0.8-1.2 mm, 1/3 to 1/2 the length of the perigynium). It is also less restricted to wet areas.


Fruiting July to August

Wetland indicator: FACW

Plants with short, nerveless perigynia (2.2-2.6 mm), more compact inflorescences, and beaks very short and point-like have been called var. xanthocarpa (Kükenthal) Wiegand, though this variety is generally not recognized.


Ball, P.W. and A.A. Reznicek. 2002. Carex, In: Flora of North America Editorial Committee, Eds. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Volume 23. Oxford University Press, New York.


Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY




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