Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
The 2-4 female spikes are on long stalks and arch or droop at maturity, as in C. styloflexa and C. gracillima. Read more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
A distinction is sometimes made between var. oxylepis (with glabrous perigynia) and var. pubescens (with pubescent perigynia). Var. oxylepis is widespread in the Southeast; var. pubescens is more restricted. Read more in Weakley's Flora.
Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales
PLANTS National Database
Carex oxylepis var. pubescens
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
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Terry Holdsclaw tdh_carex_oxylepis_2
April Lincoln County NC
Perigynia coarsely nerved, olive, ellipsoid, beaks short, bidentate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.