Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3061

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial
Monoecious

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

Rare

Look for it in blackwater swamp forests, often growing on cypress knees, cypress bases, or fallen logs (often at or near water level), river sloughs, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal or alternate, 3-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Unisexual
Perianth absent
3 stamens
Superior ovary
Inflorescences: spikes w both staminate & pistillate flowers (staminate above)

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Brownish
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 decomposita   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex decomposita   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 030-17-013:
Carex decomposita   FAMILY Cyperaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Cypress-knee Sedge, Epiphytic Sedge


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image of Carex decomposita

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cade6_001_lvd

        

image of Carex decomposita

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_cade6_003_lvd