Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
All spikes are crowded at the summit of the flowering stem, forming an ovoid shape (unlike C. muehlenbergii, which has a more elongate inflorescence). Read more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
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Terry Holdsclaw tdh_carex_cephalophora_1
June Iredell County NC
Terminal dense spikes w female flowers protruding outward in all directions, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.
Terry Holdsclaw tdh_carex_cephalophora_2
July Iredell County NC
Stem is erect, triangular in cross-section, slender, smooth, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.