Carex spicata Huds.

  • 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 spicata Huds.

  • Description

    Species Description - Densely cespitose, the stems slender, 2–6(–10) dm, usually conspicuously exceeding the lvs; roots and often the basal sheaths and base of stems purplish-tinged; lvs thin, 2–3 mm wide, with a lanceolate, acute ligule longer than wide; infl cylindric, 2–3.5 cm; spikes 3–10, androgynous, contiguous, subglobose, 5–8 mm; bracts setaceous, to 2 cm, or none; scales triangular-ovate, nearly as long as the perigynia, acute to short-aristate, suffused with orange-brown or purplish-red, the midrib green; perigynia green to stramineous, lance-ovate, planoconvex, corky-thickened at base, 4–5.5 mm, a third to half as wide, finely several- nerved dorsally, nerveless ventrally, gradually narrowed into a rough-margined beak ca half as long as the body; 2n=58, 60. Native of Europe, naturalized from N.S. to Va., w. to O. and Mich. (C. muricata, misapplied)