Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2273

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 deciduous forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal or alternate, 3-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Light greenish with a copper caste
Unisexual
Perianth absent
3 stamens
Superior ovary
Inflorescences: spikes w both staminate & pistillate flowers (staminate above)

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Yellowish/Brownish
Nutlet

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex cephalophora   FAMILY Cyperaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 030-17-008:
Carex cephalophora   FAMILY Cyperaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
oval-leaf sedge


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cace_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_cace_003_lvd

        

picture of Carex cephalophora, image of Carex cephalophora

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_carex_cephalophora_1

June    Iredell County    NC

Terminal dense spikes w female flowers protruding outward in all directions, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

picture of Carex cephalophora, image of Carex cephalophora

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_carex_cephalophora_2

July    Iredell County    NC

Stem is erect, triangular in cross-section, slender, smooth, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.