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Carex plantaginea, Searsucker sedge
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Carex plantaginea, Searsucker sedge
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Carex plantaginea, Searsucker sedge
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Carex plantaginea, Searsucker sedge

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Carex plantaginea Lam.
plantainleaf sedge

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Symbol: CAPL4
Group: Monocot
Family: Cyperaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Graminoid
Native Status : CAN   N
L48   N
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Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 1: 399. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society . Scanned by Omnitek Inc . Usage Requirements .




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Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Cyperaceae – Sedge family
Genus Carex L. – sedge
Species Carex plantaginea Lam. – plantainleaf sedge

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283. Carex plantaginea Lamarck in J. Lamarck et al., Encycl. 3: 392. 1789.

Carex plantain

Plants densely cespitose. Culms lateral, erect or ascending, usually overtopping vegetative shoots, 24—54 cm × 0.7—1 mm. Leaves: basal sheaths purple, 7—18 mm; blades erect or ascending, evergreen, midrib and 2 lateral veins strongly developed, 14—42 cm × 8—32 mm, older leaves often shriveling or dead at tips. Inflorescences: spikes 3—5 per culm, scattered; peduncle of pistillate spikes erect or spreading, rarely drooping, exserted 0—18 mm; bracts from middle and proximal portions of culms reduced, 0.8—2 cm × 2—3.5 mm. Pistillate spikes the proximal basal, 8—30 × 4—7 mm. Staminate spike 1, pedunculate, oblanceolate to linear, 8—20 × 2—3.5 mm. Pistillate scales slightly keeled, 3.2—4.2 × 1.8—2.2 mm, midribs green, margins hyaline with purple outward, apex cuspidate to acuminate to acute. Staminate scales 3—6 × 1.5—2 mm, midveins green or purple, margins dark purple, apex obtuse. Anthers 3.2—4.2 mm. Perigynia (4—)9—13(—15) per spike, overlapping, finely veined, elliptic, 3.7—4.9 × 1.6—2 mm; beak constricted. Achenes ovoid, 2.2—2.7 × 1.5—1.9 mm, sides flat to slightly concave at maturity, tightly fitting in perigynia. Style ascending from achene through entire orifice. 2n = 50, 52.

Fruiting spring. Rich, moist, deciduous or mixed deciduous-evergreen forests, on slopes along streams or along edges of moist depressions, southward in mountain gorges; 100—600 m; N.B., Ont., Que.; Conn., Ga., Ind., Iowa, Ky., Maine, Md., Mass., Mich., Minn., N.H., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Pa., S.C., Tenn., Vt., Va., W.Va., Wis.

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Carex plantaginea
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