Carex molesta (Dewey) Mackenzie ex Lunell - Short-beaked Sedge


 

|  back  | forward |

Carex molesta - (image 1 of 5)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Cyperaceae

 

Section Ovales  

Habitat

Dry to wet, often heavy soil, usually in open habitats in calcareous areas.

Associates

 

Distribution

Quebec to VA, TN, AL, and MS, west ND to OK; introduced in CA.

Morphology

Tufted perennial, 20-100 cm, aphyllopodic; leaves firm, 2-4 mm wide, much shorter than stems; spikes mostly 2-4, gynaecandrous, stout, sessile, greenish-stramineous to light brown; bracts inconspicuous, shorter than the inflorescence; pistillate scales hyaline-scarious, with a firmer, often greenish midrib, narrower and tending to be shorter than the perigynia; perigynia crowded, stiffly ascending, 3.2-4.8 mm long, 1.3-1.7 times as long as wide, the body flattened, suborbicular, conspicuously nerved ventrally and dorsally, wing-margined all around and serrulate distally, abruptly contracted to the flattened, serrulate beak 0.8-1.5 mm; achene lenticular.

Notes

Fruiting June to August

Wetland indicator: FAC

This species is similar to C. brevior but the body of the perigynium is widest near the middle (vs. just below the middle) and distinctly nerved ventrally (vs. nearly nerveless ventrally). It is also more likely to be found in periodically wet habitats than C. brevior.

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

 


Home

 

Michael Hough 2018