Carex hitchcockiana Dewey - Hitchcock's Sedge


 

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Carex hitchcockiana - (image 1 of 5)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Cyperaceae

 

Section Grisaea

Habitat

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

Associates

 

Distribution

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

Morphology

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.

Notes

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.

References

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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