Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1992

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial
Monoecious

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

Rare, endemic to the Blue Ridge Escarpment of sw. NC, nw. SC, and ne. GA

Look for it in very nutrient-rich, moist cove forests in the Blue Ridge Escarpment region, over calcareous or mafic rocks (esp along the Brevard Fault), per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal or alternate, 3-ranked

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

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
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 radfordii   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex radfordii   FAMILY Cyperaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Radford's Sedge


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picture of -, image of Carex radfordii

JK Marlow    jkm090425_001

April    Pickens County    SC

Nine Times Preserve

The scales on the female-flowered spikes have long bristles, per Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia.

picture of -, image of Carex radfordii

JK Marlow    jkm090425_003

April    Pickens County    SC

Nine Times Preserve

Clumps of pale blue-green leaves, per Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia.

picture of -, image of Carex radfordii

JK Marlow    jkm140412_927

April    Transylvania County    NC