Carex glaucescens Elliot - Clustered Sedge

Carex glaucescens plant

Family - Cyperaceae

Stems:

Carex glaucescens baseBase of plant.

Leaves:

Carex glaucescens liguleArrow shows ligule.

Inflorescence:

Carex glaucescens staminate spikeMature staminate spike.

Carex glaucescens pistillate spikesPistillate spikes.

Flowers:

Carex glaucescens fruitsFruits.

Flowering - July - September.

Habitat - Bogs, pond margins, seepage areas.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This attractive sedge can be found scattered throughout much of Alabama. THe plant can be identified by its pendulous pistillate spikes, which are typically androgynous, and its glaucous fruits. The fruits are essentially smooth. Other similar species have fruits that are obviously ribbed. These other species also have at least a few of their pistillate spikes erect.
The genus name Carex is the classical Latin name for the plant. Some believe the name derives from the Greek "keirein" meaning "to cut" referring to the sharp leaf margins of many species.
The species epithet glaucescens derives from the Greek "glauc" meaning "gray, bluish-gray" and the Latin "esc(ens)" meaning "becoming, slightly" referring to the bluish fruits of the plant.

Alabama Distribution:

Carex glaucescens map

Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Lee County, AL., 7-31-05.


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