Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial
Monoecious

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

Common (uncommon in NC-SC Piedmont, rare in GA Piedmont)

Look for it in dry to moist woodlands & forests, grassy balds, shale barrens, rock outcrops, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal or 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
Yellowish/Purplish
Nutlet

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Carex pensylvanica   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex pensylvanica   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 030-17-044:
Carex pensylvanica var. pensylvanica   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Carex pennsylvanica

 

COMMON NAME:
Pennsylvania Sedge, High Meadow Sedge


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picture of Carex pensylvanica var. pensylvanica, image of Carex pensylvanica

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cape6_001_lvd

        

picture of Carex pensylvanica var. pensylvanica, image of Carex pensylvanica

L.L. (Chick) Gaddy    llg_pennsedgemthardygap

May?    Jackson County    NC

Here seen in a beech gap forest at Mt Hardy Gap, Blue Ridge Pkwy, MP 426, per Alpine South: Plants and Plant Communities of the High Elevations of the Southern Appalachians.

picture of Carex pensylvanica var. pensylvanica, image of Carex pensylvanica

JK Marlow    jkm0407t_11

July    Mitchell County    NC

The Roan Highlands

A low-growing grass-like sedge w orderly drooping stems & 2-4 narrow leaves, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

picture of Carex pensylvanica var. pensylvanica, image of Carex pensylvanica

JK Marlow    jkm0407t_15

July    Mitchell County    NC

The Roan Highlands

Low-growing clumps of very fine linear foliage, spreading by stolons, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

picture of Carex pensylvanica var. pensylvanica, image of Carex pensylvanica

JK Marlow    jkm0407u_18

July    Mitchell County    NC

The Roan Highlands