Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial
Monoecious

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

Uncommon (rare in GA), endemic to the Southern & Central Appalachians

Look for it in cove forests, mostly rather acidic and associated with Rhododendron maximum, at moderate elevations, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Rhizomes short, stout (plants in clumps)

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Perigynia white
Unisexual
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cymophyllus fraserianus   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 030-16-001:
Cymophyllus fraseri   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of West Virginia (Strausbaugh & Core, 1978)
Carex fraseri

 

COMMON NAME:
Fraser's Sedge, Lily-leaf Sedge


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image of Carex fraseriana

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cyfr_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm140418_147

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Female flowers below the male, with a sac (perigynium) around the pistil, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

image of Carex fraseriana

JK Marlow    jkm140418_197

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cottony white flowers above a clump of strap-shaped leaves up to 2" wide, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Carex fraseriana

JK Marlow    jkm160423_442443

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Culms compressed or terete, per Flora of North America.

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Keith Bradley    kab_carex_fraseriana_5481

May    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain State Park

The broad, straplike leaf... is unique in Cyperaceae, per Flora of North America.

image of Carex fraseriana

Keith Bradley    kab_carex_fraseriana_5503

May    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain State Park

image of Carex fraseriana

JK Marlow    jkm111008_929

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

No midvein on the leaves, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.