Carex trichocarpa Muhl. ex Willd. - Hairy-fruited Sedge


 

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Carex trichocarpa - (image 1 of 6)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Cyperaceae

 

Section Carex

Habitat

Marshes, wet meadows, bottomlands, most often along streams and rivers.

Associates

 

Distribution

Quebec to MN, south to DE, NC, WV, IN, and MO.

Morphology

Rhizomatous perennial, similar to C. atherodes but more slender; stems 40-120 cm; sheaths globose, deeply concave and strongly reddish-purple at the apex; blades glabrous or scabrous; perigynia loosely short white-hairy.

Notes

Fruiting May to July

Wetland indicator: OBL

Can form dense clonal stands on floodplains. Apparently rare throughout much of its range but not uncommon in NY, PA, NJ, and VA.

References

Ball, P.W. and A.A. Reznicek. 2002. Carex, In: Flora of North America Editorial Committee, Eds. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Volume 23. Oxford University Press, New York.

 

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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