Carex careyana Torr. ex Dewey - Carey's Sedge


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Carex careyana - (image 1 of 5)



Family: Cyperaceae


Section Laxiflorae  


Calcareous woods.




NY to southern Ontario, MI, and IA, south to VA, AL, and MO.


Tufted perennial, 30-60 cm; fertile stems triangular, roughened on the angles, purple at the base; basal sheaths purple; leaves smooth, those of the sterile shoots 1-2.5 cm wide; leaves of fertile shoots 2-6 mm wide; terminal spike staminate, purplish, pedunculate; pistillate spikes 2 or 3, scattered, the lowest sometimes basal; pistillate scales acute to cuspidate; perigynia 4-7, overlapping, 5-6.5 mm, with many fine nerves and also 2-ribbed, sharply trigonous, elliptic-ovate in outline, tapering to a slightly oblique beak with an entire orifice; achene sharply trigonous.


Fruiting May to June

Wetland indicator: NA

This species is similar to C. plantaginea but has somewhat more slender leaves that are not puckered and bracts with well-developed blades. The perigynia are also a little larger.


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




Michael Hough 2018