Carex digitalis Willd. - Slender Woodland Sedge


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Carex digitalis - (image 1 of 6)



Family: Cyperaceae


Section Careyanae  


Dry to mesic woods.




ME to FL, west to WI, IL, MO, and eastern TX.


Tufted perennial; stems 10-50 cm; fertile stems weak, hispidulous, triangular but not winged; basal sheaths white or light brown; leaves roughened on the margins and hispidulous on the veins near the apex, those of the sterile shoots 1-5 mm wide, the fertile ones 1-3 mm wide; terminal spike staminate 1.5-5 cm, on a peduncle 0.5-8.5 cm long; pistillate spikes 1-3, scattered, 6-22 mm, erect to pendulant, on short to elongate peduncles, the lowest usually basal; pistillate scales acute; perigynia 3-9, with many fine nerves as well as 2-ribbed, 2-4 mm, obovoid and sharply trigonous, obscurely beaked; achene trigonous.


Fruiting May to July

Wetland indicator: UPL

Carex abscondita is similar but the staminate spike is more or less sessile and often hidden by the bracts and pistillate spikes.


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