Carex capitata L.

  • Authority

    Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

  • Family


  • Scientific Name

    Carex capitata L.

  • Description

    Species Description - Cespitose, aphyllopodic, with setaceous lvs 5–20 cm and slender, subnaked stems 1–3 dm; spike 1, bractless, ovoid, 5–15 mm, androgynous; pistillate scales subrotund, with broad hyaline margins; perigynia 6–25, often surpassing the scales, ascending-spreading, ovate to suborbicular, 2–3.5 mm, flattened, sharply margined, smooth, nerveless, basally rounded, tapering into a beak 0.3–0.7 mm, not filled by the lenticular achene; rachilla more than half as long as the achene; 2n=50. Mostly acidic rocky or gravelly soil; circumboreal, s. to the White Mts. of N.H.; s. S. Amer.