Carex tenera Dewey - Quill Sedge


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Carex tenera - (image 1 of 6)



Family: Cyperaceae


Section Ovales


Moist to wet soil, meadows, thickets.




Quebec and ME to NC, west to MO, SD, and MT.


Tufted perennial to 90 cm; aphyllopodic; leaves 1.5-2.5 mm wide, lax and elongate, sheaths hyaline ventrally; spikes stout, mostly 4-8, gynaecandrous, to 8 mm, sessile in a moniliform or interrupted spike 1.5-5 cm long; pistillate scales shorter and narrow than perigynia; perigynia crowded, ascending, ovate, planoconvex or flattened, usually less than 2.5 times as long as wide, the beaks protruding from the spike; achene lenticular, 1.3-2.1 mm long and 0.9-1.3 mm wide; stigmas 2.


Fruiting June to July

Wetland indicator: FAC

Similar to Carex bebbii which typically  has narrower achenes (<0.8 mm) and perigynia (sometimes over 2.5 time as long as wide).


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.




Michael Hough 2010