Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3492

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Rare, endemic to the southern Blue Ridge

Look for it on moderate to high elevation cliffs and rock outcrops, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal or alternate, 3-ranked

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

FRUIT:
Summer
Nutlet

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex misera   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 030-17-080:
Carex misera   FAMILY Cyperaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Wretched Sedge


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JK Marlow    jkm120505_187

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

Deerhair Bulrush on the left; Wretched Sedge on the right

picture of Carex misera, image of Carex misera

JK Marlow    jkm120505_187b

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

Leaves to 16" long. Flowering stems to 18" long, arching down and outward, per Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia.

picture of Carex misera, image of Carex misera

JK Marlow    jkm120505_194

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

A softly hairy, purplish, basal sheath encircles the stem, per Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia.

picture of Carex misera, image of Carex misera

JK Marlow    jkm120505_206

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

Spikes reddish-brown; male solitary & terminal, 2-3 female below the male, per Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia.