Carex texensis

(Torrey ex L. H. Bailey) L. H. Bailey

Mem. Torrey Bot. Club 5: 97. 1894.

Basionym: Carex rosea var. texensis Torrey ex L. H. Bailey Mem. Torrey Bot. Club 1: 57. 1889
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 23. Treatment on page 288. Mentioned on page 286, 289.

Plants without conspicuous rhizomes. Culms 10–30 cm, 0.5–1 mm wide basally, 0.4–0.5 mm wide distally. Leaves: sheaths tight, green, fronts hyaline; ligules less than 2 mm, wider than long; widest leaf blades 1–1.7 mm wide. Inflorescences with 3–8 spikes, 0.6–3 cm × 5–6 mm; proximal internodes 1–2 times as long as proximal spikes; proximal bracts to 1(–3) cm; spikes with 3–10 spreading or reflexed perigynia. Pistillate scales hyaline or pale brown with green midvein, ovate, 1.8–2.4 × 0.8–1.3 mm, body 2/3 to almost length of perigynia, apex acute, acuminate or short-awned. Anthers 1 mm. Perigynia green to pale yellow, faces not veined, 2.6–3.4 × 1–1.3 mm, base of body spongy, thickened, longitudinally striate adaxially, spongy region 0.7–1.1 mm, margins entire, usually serrulate distally; beak 0.7–1.1 mm, apical teeth 0.1–0.3 mm. Stigmas straight or slightly twisted, 0.05 mm wide. Achenes ovate, 1.3–1.5 × 1–1.1 mm.

Phenology: Fruiting spring.
Habitat: Dry to wet-mesic open forests and fields, often rocky or sandy substrates
Elevation: 50–300 m


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Ala., Ark., Calif., Fla., Ga., Kans., Ky., La., Md., Miss., Mo., Nebr., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, S.C., Tenn., Tex., Va.


Carex texensis is introduced into California, New Jersey, New York and Ohio. Due to confusion with C. retroflexa, C. texensis is probably under-recorded.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Peter W. Ball +
(Torrey ex L. H. Bailey) L. H. Bailey +
Carex rosea var. texensis +
Ala. +, Ark. +, Calif. +, Fla. +, Ga. +, Kans. +, Ky. +, La. +, Md. +, Miss. +, Mo. +, Nebr. +, N.J. +, N.Y. +, N.C. +, Ohio +, S.C. +, Tenn. +, Tex. +  and Va. +
50–300 m +
Dry to wet-mesic open forests and fields, often rocky or sandy substrates +
Fruiting spring. +
Mem. Torrey Bot. Club +
Illustrated +  and Endemic +
Carex texensis +
Carex sect. Phaestoglochin +
species +