Carex pellita Willd. - Broad-leaved Woolly Sedge


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Carex pellita - (image 1 of 6)



Family: Cyperaceae


Section Paludosae


The name C. lanuginosa has been misapplied to this species in the past.


Calcareous fens and moist prairies. Marshes.




New Brunswick and Quebec west to British Columbia, south to VA, TN, AR, and CA.


Perennial to 1 m, forming vigorous colonies from creeping rhizomes; leaves glabrous or scabrous with a distinct midrib, mostly flat, larger blades 2-5 mm wide; terminal spikelet staminate, 2-5 cm, often subtended by one or two shorter, sessile staminate spikes; pistillate spikes two or three, 1-4 cm, sessile or the lowest one on an erect, slender peduncle; leafy bracts present, the lowest elongate, often surpassing the terminal spikes; perigynia pubescent, less than 5 mm long; stigmas 3; achenes trigonous.


Fruiting May to July.

Wetland indicator: OBL

Rare in a few states. Carex lasiocarpa Ehrh. is similar but with leaves that are folded along the midrib rather than flat.


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


Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.


USDA, NRCS. 2002. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (

National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.




Michael Hough 2004