OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Carex gravida   FAMILY Cyperaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex gravida var. gravida   FAMILY Cyperaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Carex gravida var. lunelliana

INCLUDING VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-17-003:
Carex gravida var. lunelliana   FAMILY Cyperaceae

INCLUDING Poales, Cyperaceae, Cypereae (pars). North American Flora (Mackenzie, 1931-35)
Carex lunelliana

 

COMMON NAME:
Heavy Sedge, Pregnant Sedge


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image of Carex gravida, Heavy Sedge, Pregnant Sedge

Bryan England    bry_cgravida_fruits_2

April    Wake County    NC

Raleigh Nature Preserve

Inflorescence crowded, elongate, 2-4cm long. Scales acute to acuminate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Carex gravida, Heavy Sedge, Pregnant Sedge

Bryan England    bry_cgravida_plant

April    Wake County    NC

Raleigh Nature Preserve

Plants without conspicuous rhizomes, per Flora of North America.

image of Carex gravida, Heavy Sedge, Pregnant Sedge

Bryan England    bry_cgravida_sheath

April    Wake County    NC

Raleigh Nature Preserve

Leaf sheaths loose, backs striped with green and white (not white-spotted), per Weakley's Flora (2015).

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Carex gravida   FAMILY Cyperaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex gravida var. gravida   FAMILY Cyperaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Carex gravida var. lunelliana

INCLUDING VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-17-003:
Carex gravida var. lunelliana   FAMILY Cyperaceae

INCLUDING Poales, Cyperaceae, Cypereae (pars). North American Flora (Mackenzie, 1931-35)
Carex lunelliana

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

4264

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial
Monoecious

Native: west of the Carolinas & Georgia

Rare

Habitat: Damp or mesic calcareous prairies, fields, pastures, roadsides, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal? 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
Nutlet

 

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