OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Carex crinita var. crinita   FAMILY Cyperaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


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

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-17-103a:
Carex crinita var. crinita   FAMILY Cyperaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Carex crinita

 

COMMON NAME:
Long-fringed Sedge, Drooping Sedge


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Gill Newberry    gn05_carix_crinita

May        

The 2-5" pistillate spikes have a tiny flower tucked into each scale, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

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Eric Ungberg    ung_carex_crinita_insitu

May    Montgomery County    NC

in situ - Piedmont boggy streamhead.

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Eric Ungberg    ung_gestalt

May    Montgomery County    NC

General gestalt: C. crinita (right) seems to have longer/wider leaves than C mitchelliana (left). — Eric Ungberg

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Eric Ungberg    ung_leafunder

May    Montgomery County    NC

Margins of C. mitchelliana (L) ~ smooth vs. C. crinita (R) harshly scabrous. Is this consistent?. — Eric Ungberg

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Eric Ungberg    ung_leafupper

May    Montgomery County    NC

Upper leaf surface of of C. mitchelliana (L) not as strongly W-shaped as C. crinita (R). — Eric Ungberg

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Eric Ungberg    ung_perigynia

May    Montgomery County    NC

Perigynia of C. mitchelliana (L) flattened, tapered; C. crinita (R) ~ inflated, abruptly beaked, per Weakley's Flora (2022).

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Eric Ungberg    ung_pistillatescales

May    Montgomery County    NC

Widened portion of C. mitchelliana's pistillate scales (L) about 2x as long as C. crinita (R). — Eric Ungberg

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Eric Ungberg    ung_pistillatespikes

May    Montgomery County    NC

Pistillate spike of C. mitchelliana (L) and C. crinita (R).

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Eric Ungberg    ung_sheathsdorsal

May    Montgomery County    NC

Sheath backs scabrous - C. mitchelliana (on left); vs. glabrous - C. crinita (on right), per Weakley's Flora (2022).

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Eric Ungberg    ung_staminatescales

May    Montgomery County    NC

Staminate spikes of C. mitchelliana (L) and C. crinita (R) are subtly different. — Eric Ungberg

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JK Marlow    jkm0506m_33b

June    Union County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Slim pendulous spikes on 3-5' stems, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm0506m_35

June    Union County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Densely cespitose perennial. Leaf blades 5-10mm wide, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Carex crinita var. crinita   FAMILY Cyperaceae

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

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-17-103a:
Carex crinita var. crinita   FAMILY Cyperaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Carex crinita

 

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1977

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in NC Piedmont & Coastal Plain, rare in GA-SC Coastal Plain, uncommon elsewhere in GA-NC_SC

Habitat: swamps, wet forests, bogs, and a wide range of other wetlands, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal? Alternate, 3-ranked?

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Unisexual
Perianth absent
3 stamens
Superior ovary

Inflorescences: spikes (1-3 staminate & 3-6 pistillate, drooping)

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Nutlet

 

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