Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2209

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in GA-SC Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in rich slope or alluvial forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & low alternate, 3-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Unisexual
Perianth absent
3 stamens
Superior ovary
Inflorescences: spikes (terminal spike staminate; 1-3 lateral spikes pistillate)

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Nutlet

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Carex laxiculmis var. laxiculmis   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex laxiculmis var. laxiculmis   FAMILY Cyperaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 030-17-060:
Carex laxiculmis   FAMILY Cyperaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
spreading sedge


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picture of Carex laxiculmis, image of Carex laxiculmis var. laxiculmis

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_c_laxiculmis_laxicu_1

April    Catawba County    NC

Leaf blades erect, ascending, or spreading, usually glaucous, per Flora of North America.

picture of Carex laxiculmis, image of Carex laxiculmis var. laxiculmis

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_c_laxiculmis_laxicu_2

April    Catawba County    NC

Pistillate scales keeled, midribs green, margins hyaline (or reddish-brown), per Flora of North America.

picture of Carex laxiculmis, image of Carex laxiculmis var. laxiculmis

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_c_laxiculmis_laxicu_3

April    Catawba County    NC

Longest staminate spike (10)12-25mm, per Flora of North America.