Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1994

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in dry to dry-mesic hardwood forests, especially over basic substrates, per Weakley's Flora

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...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal or alternate, 3-ranked

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Cespitose [growing in dense tufts, clumping]

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Unisexual
Perianth absent
3 stamens
Superior ovary
Inflorescences: spikes w both staminate & pistillate flowers (staminate above)

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Yellowish/ Brownish
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 (10/20/20):
Carex rosea   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex rosea   FAMILY Cyperaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-17-006:
Carex rosea   FAMILY Cyperaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Rosy Sedge


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image of Carex rosea, Rosy Sedge

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_caro22_001_lvd

        

image of Carex rosea, Rosy Sedge

JK Marlow    jkm170408_460

April    Laurens County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Plants clump-forming, leaves hairless & V-shaped in cross-section when young, per www.minnesotawildflowers.info.

image of Carex rosea, Rosy Sedge

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_carex_rosea_540

May    Catawba County    NC

image of Carex rosea, Rosy Sedge

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_carex_rosea_555

May    Catawba County    NC

Perigynia not over 4.0mm long, (6)7-14(20) per spike, per Weakley's Flora (2012).

image of Carex rosea, Rosy Sedge

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_carex_rosea_558

May    Catawba County    NC

Perigynia spreading or reflexed at maturity, lower 1/3-1/2 corky-thickened, per Weakley's Flora (2012).