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

 

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 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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picture of Cymophyllus fraseri, image of Carex fraseriana

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

        

picture of Cymophyllus fraseri, image of Carex fraseriana

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.

picture of Cymophyllus fraseri, 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.

picture of Cymophyllus fraseri, 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.

picture of Cymophyllus fraseri, image of Carex fraseriana

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.

picture of Cymophyllus fraseri, image of Carex fraseriana

Keith Bradley    kab_carex_fraseriana_5503

May    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain State Park

picture of Cymophyllus fraseri, 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.