Carex limosa 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 limosa L.

  • Description

    Species Description - Stems arising singly or few together from long, creeping rhizomes, 2–6 dm, strongly aphyllopodic; roots covered with a yellowish-brown, felty tomentum; lvs few, 1–2 mm wide, tending to be canaliculate; terminal spike staminate, 1–3 cm; pistillate spikes 1–3, nodding on slender peduncles, occasionally with a few staminate fls at the tip, 1–2.5 cm, the lowest usually subtended by a nearly or quite sheathless leafy bract 2–10 cm; pistillate scales light to dark brown, commonly about as long and wide as the perigynia, obtuse to acute or acuminate; perigynia pale, commonly greenish or stramineous, densely papillate, elliptic to ovate, somewhat compressed, 2-ribbed and with 4–7 ± evident nerves on each face, 2.3–4.2 mm, beakless or with a minute beak to 0.2 mm; achene trigonous, rather loosely enveloped by the distally empty perigynium; 2n=56, 62, 64. Sphagnum-bogs; circumboreal, s. to N.J. (and reputedly Del.), O., Io., and Calif.