Carex aestivalis A.Gray

  • 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 aestivalis A.Gray

  • Description

    Species Description - Tufted, 3–7 dm, ± purplish at base; main lvs 2–3 mm wide, usually hairy; sheaths hairy, at least on the ventral strip; terminal spike pistillate in the distal half; lateral spikes 2–4, pistillate, usually approximate and overlapping, cylindric, 2–4 cm × 2–3 mm, erect or nearly so, the lower on peduncles to 2 cm, the upper subsessile; upper bracts sheathless or nearly so; pistillate scales oval to obovate, half as long as the perigynium, obtuse or short-cuspidate; perigynia narrowly ellipsoid, 2.6–3.5 mm, a third as wide, obscurely several-nerved, tapering to an obtuse beakless tip; achene concavely trigonous. Woods, especially in the mts.; N.H. and Vt. to N.C., Ky., Ga., and Ala.