Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2269

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in NC-SC Piedmont & Coastal Plain, rare elsewhere (distribution & abundance needing additional study) (an endemic)

Look for it in mesic forests, well-drained bottomlands, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & low alternate, 3-ranked

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Cespitose [growing in dense tufts, clumping]

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Unisexual
Perianth absent
3 stamens
Superior ovary

Inflorescences: spikes (terminal spike staminate; 2-4 lateral spikes pistillate)

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Nutlet

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Carex flaccosperma   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex flaccosperma   FAMILY Cyperaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-17-077:
Carex flaccosperma   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Carex flaccosperma var. flaccosperma

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Carex flaccosperma

 

COMMON NAME:
Meadow Sedge, Blue Wood Sedge, thinfruit sedge


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image of Carex flaccosperma, Meadow Sedge, Blue Wood Sedge, thinfruit sedge

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cafl3_001_lvd

        

image of Carex flaccosperma, Meadow Sedge, Blue Wood Sedge, thinfruit sedge

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_cafl3_003_lvd

        

image of Carex flaccosperma, Meadow Sedge, Blue Wood Sedge, thinfruit sedge

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_carex_flaccosperma_2

April    Iredell County    NC

Peduncles of terminal spikes barely to much exceeding lateral spikes, per Flora of North America.

image of Carex flaccosperma, Meadow Sedge, Blue Wood Sedge, thinfruit sedge

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_carex_flaccosperma_1

May    Catawba County    NC

Leaf blades glaucous, widest blades 6.3-14.7 mm wide, per Flora of North America.

image of Carex flaccosperma, Meadow Sedge, Blue Wood Sedge, thinfruit sedge

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_carex_flaccosperma_1b

May    Catawba County    NC

Lateral spikes pistillate, with 12-39 perigynia, per Flora of North America.