Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Carex pallescens occurs in Unicoi County, TN, close to the NC line; should be looked for in NC. Read more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 23 (2002)
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Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Habitat: Grassy balds at high elevations, other grassy openings, per Weakley's Flora
Native to North Carolina?
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Basal? Alternate, 3-ranked?
Inflorescences: terminal spike staminate (rarely gynecandrous, with fewer than 25% of the flowers pistillate)
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
If a search such as "Carex leptalea var. leptalea" doesn't deliver the results you want, try "Carex leptalea".
Or, to minimize chances of a misspelling, try just "Carex le".
Less is more: If "pencil flower" doesn't deliver the results you want, try "pencil".
Or try alternate spellings: If "wooly" doesn't work, try "woolly" or just "wool".