Carex novae-angliae Schwein. - New England Sedge


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Carex novae-angliae - (image 1 of 6)



Family: Cyperaceae


Section Acrocystis  


Moist woods.




Newfoundland to southern Ontario and WI, south in mountains to CT, PA, and WV; possibly disjunct in SC.


Loosely cespitose perennial; stems slender, 10-40 cm, shorter than the leaves; main leaves 1-2 mm wide, pale green; terminal spike staminate, slender, 4-16 mm; pistillate spikes 2-3, 3-6 mm long, 1-3 cm apart, the two lowest spikes not overlapping, the lowest one on a short peduncle; lowest bract foliaceous, often equaling or surpassing the inflorescence; pistillate scales stramineous or reddish-brown, the margins hyaline, acute or short-cuspidate; perigynia 2-10, light green to brownish-stramineous, minutely pubescent, 2.2-2.7 mm long, the body slightly flattened, obovoid above a stipe-like base, 2-keeled, abruptly contracted to a beak 1/4 to 2/5 as long as the body; achene rounded-trigonous.


Fruiting June to early July

Wetland indicator: FACU

Differs from other members of this section with slender leaves in that the lowest pistillate spike is well separated from the upper spikes and borne on a distinct peduncle.


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