Carex interior L.H. Bailey - Inland Star Sedge


 

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Carex interior - (image 1 of 5)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Cyperaceae

 

Section Stellulatae

Habitat

Swamps, bogs, calcareous wet meadows, moist prairies.

Associates

 

Distribution

Newfoundland and Labrador west to southern Yukon and AK, south to VA, MO, and Mexico.

Morphology

Smooth, tufted perennial to 90 cm. Leaves 3-5 per stem, narrow, 1-2.5 mm wide. Spikes 2-6, sessile; at least the terminal spike gynoandrous (staminate borne below the pistillate); perigynia mostly 5-15, often spreading or reflexed and usually brown at maturity, nerveless on the ventral face or with a few short nerves ending near the middle, somewhat convexly tapered from the widest point to the conspicuously serrulate margined beak. Stigmas 2; achene lenticular.

Notes

Flowers in May.

Wetland indicator: Obligate

Also called Prairie Star Sedge in the Midwest. Similar to C. atlantica, which has evident nerves on the ventral face of the often wider perigynia and less conspicuously serrulate beaks. 

References

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.

 


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