Carex vestita


Sp. Pl. 4(1): 263. 1805.

Treatment appears in FNA Volume 23. Treatment on page 498. Mentioned on page 492, 496.

Plants colonial; rhizomes long-creeping. Culms lateral, trigonous, 25–90 cm, scabrous-angled. Leaves: basal sheaths reddish purple, bladeless, apex of inner band glabrous; ligules 1.2–9 mm; blades green, M-shaped, 2.2–5.5 mm wide, glabrous or finely pubescent beyond ligule. Inflorescences 3–10 cm; peduncles of terminal spikes 2–20 mm; proximal 1–2(–3) spikes pistillate or androgynous, ascending; distal spikes erect; terminal 1(–2) spikes staminate. Pistillate scales ovate, apex acute to acuminate, glabrous, apical margins often scabrous-ciliate. Perigynia ascending, 10–14-veined, broadly ovoid, 2.8–4.5 × 1.3–2.1 mm, densely pubescent, pubescence nearly concealing veins and cellular details; beak 0.9–1.4 mm, friable, erose.

Phenology: Fruiting May–Jun.
Habitat: Dry to moist, open, sandy or gravelly meadows, open woods in acidic soils
Elevation: 0–400 m


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Ala., Conn., Del., D.C., Maine, Md., Mass., N.H., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Pa., R.I., Tenn., Va.


Carex vestita is long persistent in shaded conditions and is stimulated to flower and fruit by fire or other disturbance.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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A. A. Reznicek +  and Paul M. Catling +
Willdenow +
Ala. +, Conn. +, Del. +, D.C. +, Maine +, Md. +, Mass. +, N.H. +, N.J. +, N.Y. +, N.C. +, Pa. +, R.I. +, Tenn. +  and Va. +
0–400 m +
Dry to moist, open, sandy or gravelly meadows, open woods in acidic soils +
Fruiting May–Jun. +
Illustrated +  and Endemic +
Carex vestita +
Carex sect. Paludosae +
species +