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Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains

62. Cyperaceae, the Sedge Family

2. Carex L. -- Sedge

2. Carex aquatilis Wahl. -- Water sedge

Tufted in large or small clumps, with long slender rhizomes; culms slender, erect, 2-10 dm long, exceeding the leaves, obtusely trigonous below to sharply trigonous above, usually roughened below the head. Leaves glaucous, 2-7 mm wide, the lower ones with well-developed blades; sheaths septate-nodulose dorsally, thin and usually ruptured ventrally, whitish or purplish-dotted. Spikes 3-5, the upper staminate, peduncled, the middle and lower ones pistillate or often androgynous, 2-5 cm long; pistillate scales acute to acuminate. Perigynia pale green to tawny, often marked or tinged with reddish-brown, usually obovate, broadest near the apex but not inflated, 2-3 mm long; beak minute, entire or oblique; achenes lenticular, ca. 1.5 mm long; stigmas 2. Jun--Aug. Wet meadows, marshes, shores, stream banks, springs, bogs and fens; common in the n part, occasional s; (Circumboreal, in N.Amer. s to NJ, IN, IA, KS, NM and CA).

Plants of this region belong to var. altior (Rydb.) Fern.
GIF- Species Photo/Drawing
Carex aquatillis (from Hermann 1970).
GIF- Distribution Map

Map key

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