Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial
Monoecious

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

Common (uncommon in NC-SC Piedmont, rare in GA Piedmont)

Look for it in dry to moist woodlands & forests, grassy balds, shale barrens, rock outcrops, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal or alternate, 3-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Unisexual
Perianth absent
3 stamens
Superior ovary
Inflorescences: spikes (terminal spike staminate; 1-3 lateral spikes pistillate)

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Yellowish/Purplish
Nutlet

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex pensylvanica   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 030-17-044:
Carex pensylvanica var. pensylvanica   FAMILY Cyperaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Pennsylvania Sedge, High Meadow Sedge


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image of Carex pensylvanica

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cape6_001_lvd

        

image of Carex pensylvanica

L.L. (Chick) Gaddy    llg_pennsedgemthardygap

May?    Jackson County    NC

Here seen in a beech gap forest at Mt Hardy Gap, Blue Ridge Pkwy, MP 426, per Alpine South: Plants and Plant Communities of the High Elevations of the Southern Appalachians.

image of Carex pensylvanica

JK Marlow    jkm0407t_11

July    Mitchell County    NC

The Roan Highlands

A low-growing grass-like sedge w orderly drooping stems & 2-4 narrow leaves, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

image of Carex pensylvanica

JK Marlow    jkm0407t_15

July    Mitchell County    NC

The Roan Highlands

Low-growing clumps of very fine linear foliage, spreading by stolons, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

image of Carex pensylvanica

JK Marlow    jkm0407u_18

July    Mitchell County    NC

The Roan Highlands