Carex hitchcockiana Dewey - Hitchcock's Sedge


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Carex hitchcockiana - (image 1 of 5)



Family: Cyperaceae


Section Grisaea


Moist to mesic, often rocky woods, typically in lime rich loam.




MA, VT, and southern Quebec to MN, south to VA and AR.


Tufted perennial; stems 20-80 cm, brownish at the base; leaves up to 7 mm wide; sheaths hispidulous; bracts roughened with short stiff hairs; staminate spike 1-3 cm, on a peduncle about as long as the uppermost pistillate spike; pistillate spikes 2-4, 5-20 mm, loosely flowered; pistillate scales 4.7-9 mm; perigynia 4.3-5.9 mm, finely many-nerved, obovoid-fusiform, tapering gradually to the base and abruptly to the straight or minutely outcurved beak; achene trigonous, filling the perigynium, with a minute, sharply bent beak.


Fruiting May to July

Wetland indicator: NA

The hairy leaf sheaths and shape of the perigynia (broadest above the middle) distinguish this species from the similar C. oligocarpa and other members of this section.


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