Carex arctata Boott -  Bear Sedge


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Carex arctata - (image 1 of 6)



Family: Cyperaceae


Section Hymenochlaenae     


North facing slopes of rich, mesic woods or upland flats in beech forests.




Newfoundland west to MN, south to PA and OH.


Stems tufted, to 80 cm, purplish at the base. Leaves glabrous, those of fertile shoots 3-5 mm wide; leaves of sterile shoots 3-8 mm wide. Pistillate spikes 3-5, linear, slender, loosely flowered, 2-6 cm; perigynia trigonous, 2-ribbed, 3.2-4.8 mm, glabrous, sessile, narrowed to a short beak. Achene trigonous, sessile in the base of the perigynium.


Fruiting May to July

Wetland indicator: UPL

Also called Dropping Woodland Sedge. The specific epithet means "of the arctic". 


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


Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Wisconsin Plants web site (


Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.




Michael Hough 2010