Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2989

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial
Monoecious

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

Common in Coastal Plain (rare elsewhere)

Look for it in blackwater swamps, pocosins, wet pine savannas, seepage bogs, depression ponds, pondcypress savannas, other acid and peaty situations, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal or alternate, 3-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Unisexual
Perianth absent
3 stamens
Superior ovary
Inflorescences: spikes (terminal staminate; 3-7 lateral pistilate or androgynous

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
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 (11/30/12):
Carex glaucescens   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex glaucescens   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 030-17-098:
Carex glaucescens   FAMILY Cyperaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Blue Sedge, Southern Sedge


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image of Carex glaucescens

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cagl5_001_lvd

        

image of Carex glaucescens

Will Stuart    wil_8462430012_821d07ae62

July        

Get to know this sedge: it's common and it may be a gateway to other sedges, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Carex glaucescens

Will Stuart    wil8461332183_f121c7bb4bb

July        

Stem terminated by a straw-colored male spike and 3-5 female spikes below, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Carex glaucescens

Will Stuart    wil8461332183_f74747a509c

July        

One of the few Carex species in Carolinas that are rather strongly glaucous, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Carex glaucescens

Will Stuart    wil8461332183_f74747a509d

July        

Male spike terminal, upright, 3-5.5cm long, green turning brown, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.