OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

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


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex mitchelliana   FAMILY Cyperaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Guide to the Vascular Plants of the Blue Ridge (Wofford, 1989)
Carex crinita

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-17-103c:
Carex crinita var. mitchelliana   FAMILY Cyperaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Mitchell's Sedge


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image of Carex mitchelliana, Mitchell's Sedge

Eric Ungberg    ung_cmitchelliana_insitu

May    Montgomery County    NC

in situ - Piedmont boggy streamhead (a little sunnier than usual due to recent adjacent clearcut).

image of Carex mitchelliana, Mitchell's Sedge

Eric Ungberg    ung_gestalt

May    Montgomery County    NC

General gestalt: C. crinita (right) seems to have longer/wider leaves than C mitchelliana (left). — Eric Ungberg

image of Carex mitchelliana, Mitchell's Sedge

Eric Ungberg    ung_insitu_caremitb

May    Montgomery County    NC

One of the few known host plants of the Mitchell's Satyr (Neonympha mitchellii) butterfly, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.

image of Carex mitchelliana, Mitchell's Sedge

Eric Ungberg    ung_leafunder

May    Montgomery County    NC

Margins of C. mitchelliana (L) ~ smooth vs. C. crinita (R) harshly scabrous. Is this consistent?. — Eric Ungberg

image of Carex mitchelliana, Mitchell's Sedge

Eric Ungberg    ung_leafupper

May    Montgomery County    NC

Upper leaf surface of of C. mitchelliana (L) not as strongly W-shaped as C. crinita (R). — Eric Ungberg

image of Carex mitchelliana, Mitchell's Sedge

Eric Ungberg    ung_perigynia

May    Montgomery County    NC

Perigynia of C. mitchelliana (L) flattened, tapered; C. crinita (R) ~ inflated, abruptly beaked, per Weakley's Flora (2022).

image of Carex mitchelliana, Mitchell's Sedge

Eric Ungberg    ung_pistillatescales

May    Montgomery County    NC

Widened portion of C. mitchelliana's pistillate scales (L) about 2x as long as C. crinita (R). — Eric Ungberg

image of Carex mitchelliana, Mitchell's Sedge

Eric Ungberg    ung_pistillatespike

May    Montgomery County    NC

Pistillate spike.

image of Carex mitchelliana, Mitchell's Sedge

Eric Ungberg    ung_pistillatespikes

May    Montgomery County    NC

Pistillate spike of C. mitchelliana (L) and C. crinita (R).

image of Carex mitchelliana, Mitchell's Sedge

Eric Ungberg    ung_sheathsdorsal

May    Montgomery County    NC

Sheath backs scabrous - C. mitchelliana (on left); vs. glabrous - C. crinita (on right), per Weakley's Flora (2022).

image of Carex mitchelliana, Mitchell's Sedge

Eric Ungberg    ung_staminatescales

May    Montgomery County    NC

Staminate spikes of C. mitchelliana (L) and C. crinita (R) are subtly different. — Eric Ungberg

 

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex mitchelliana   FAMILY Cyperaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Guide to the Vascular Plants of the Blue Ridge (Wofford, 1989)
Carex crinita

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-17-103c:
Carex crinita var. mitchelliana   FAMILY Cyperaceae

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

 

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2735

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare, with a scattered distribution throughout its range

Look for it in swampy woodlands and forests, seeps, per Weakley's Flora

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

or click here to see a map from SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.

 

partial shade shade ...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal? Alternate, 3-ranked?

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

Inflorescences: spikes (1-3 staminate & 3-6 pistillate, drooping)

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Nutlet

 

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