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Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains

62. Cyperaceae, the Sedge Family

2. Carex L. -- Sedge

5. Carex aurea Nutt. -- Golden sedge

Loosely tufted from rhizomes; culms erect, trigonous, 0.5-2(3) dm long. Leaves 1-4 mm wide; sheaths membranous ventrally, concave at the mouth. Spikes 2-5 per culm, ascending, the lower ones peduncled; terminal spikes totally staminate (rarely slightly pistillate at the apex), 3-18 mm long; lateral spikes pistillate, aggregate to widely spaced, 7-15(20) mm long; bract of the lowest spike short-sheathing the culm, surpassing the inflorescence; pistillate scales whitish to tawny, with a green midvein, ovate to round-ovate, acute to nearly rounded, cuspidate, shorter than the perigynia. Perigynia whitish-pulverulent, especially at the apex, becoming golden orange at maturity (drying pale), somewhat flattened, elliptic to obovate, beakless or with a very short tubular beak, several-ribbed, (1.5)2-2.5(3) mm long; achenes dark brown to blackish, lenticular, 1-1.5 mm long; stigmas 2. Jun--Jul. Wet meadows, low prairie, springs, moist woods and along shores, often where sandy; occasional; (Newf. to AK, s to CT, PA, IN, MN, NE, NM and CA).
GIF- Species Photo/Drawing
Carex aurea (from Hermann 1970).
GIF- Distribution Map

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