OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Carex plantaginea   FAMILY Cyperaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex plantaginea   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-17-057:
Carex plantaginea   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Carex plantaginea

 

COMMON NAME:
Seersucker Sedge, Plantainleaf Sedge


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_capl4_001_lvd

        

image of Carex plantaginea, Seersucker Sedge, Plantainleaf Sedge

JK Marlow    jkm0403g_21

March    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

Flowering stem usually leafless w a terminal male spike, 3-4 female spikes, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Carex plantaginea, Seersucker Sedge, Plantainleaf Sedge

JK Marlow    jkm160423_441

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Carex plantaginea, Seersucker Sedge, Plantainleaf Sedge

JK Marlow    jkm160423_455

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The "semi-naked" flowering stems of Plantainleaf Sedge are distinctive, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.

image of Carex plantaginea, Seersucker Sedge, Plantainleaf Sedge

JK Marlow    jkm060806_030

August    Polk County    NC

Bright green 10" foliage that puckers between the veins. Leaves 0.5-1" wide, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Carex plantaginea   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex plantaginea   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-17-057:
Carex plantaginea   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Carex plantaginea

 

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Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Uncommon in NC (rare in GA-SC)

Habitat: Rich cove forests, mostly over mafic or calcareous rocks, montane alluvial forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & low alternate, 3-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring
Unisexual
Perianth absent
3 stamens
Superior ovary

Inflorescences: spikes (terminal spike staminate; 2-4 lateral spikes pistillate)

FRUIT:
Spring
Nutlet

 

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