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

Uncommon (rare in GA-SC)

Look for it in rich cove forests, mostly over mafic or calcareous rocks, montane alluvial forests, per Weakley's Flora

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shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & low alternate, 3-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring
Unisexual
Perianth absent
3 stamens
Superior ovary
Inflorescence a spike

FRUIT:
Spring
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 plantaginea   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex plantaginea   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 030-17-057:
Carex plantaginea   FAMILY Cyperaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Seersucker Sedge, Plantainleaf Sedge


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_capl4_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0403g_21

March    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

Flowering stem usually leafless w a terminal male spike, 3-4 female spikes, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm0403g_33

March    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

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JK Marlow    jkm160423_441

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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JK Marlow    jkm160423_455

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Tim Spira    tps_cplantaginea

May        

Bright green 10" foliage that puckers between the veins. Leaves 0.5-1" wide, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm060806_030

August    Polk County    NC

Numerous leaves to 2' long, strongly red-purple tinged at the base, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.