Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1979

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial
Monoecious

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

Common

Look for it in bogs, marshes, ditches, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun Aquatic ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal or alternate, 3-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Unisexual
Perianth absent
3 stamens
Superior ovary
Inflorescences: spikes (terminal spike staminate; 2-3 lateral spikes pistillate)

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Nutlet

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex lurida   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 030-17-113:
Carex lurida   FAMILY Cyperaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
shallow sedge


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image of Carex lurida

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_calu5_001_lvd

        

image of Carex lurida

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_calu5_003_lvd

        

image of Carex lurida

JK Marlow    jkm140601_294

May    Greenville County    SC

Furman University

Pistillate spikes oblong, 2.5-5.5cm long, 14-20mm broad, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Carex lurida

JK Marlow    jkm140601_294b

May    Greenville County    SC

Furman University

Perigynia lustrous, ovoid, 6-10mm long, beaks nearly equaling body, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Carex lurida

JK Marlow    jkm140601_341

May    Greenville County    SC

Furman University

image of Carex lurida

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_carex_lurida_2

May    Iredell County    NC

Staminate spike 3-8cm long, 2mm broad. Pistillate spikes 2-3, oblong, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Carex lurida

JK Marlow    jkm140604_458

June    Greenville County    SC

Furman University

Widest leaves (4.0-) 4.5-13 mm wide, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Carex lurida

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_carex_lurida_1

June    Iredell County    NC

Plants densely to loosely cespitose; rhizomes short, no more than 10cm, per Flora of North America.