Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
The very similar Carex longii has been split off from C. albolutescens. Read more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 23 (2002)
INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-17-033:
Carex albolutescens FAMILY Cyperaceae
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Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 23
Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Habitat: Low fields, bottomlands, per Weakley's Flora
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Common (uncommon in Carolina Piedmont, rare in SC Mountains)
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Basal? Alternate, 3-ranked?
Inflorescences: spikes w both staminate & pistillate flowers (pistillate above)
Nutlets yellowish to brownish
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