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Carex aquatilis

Carex aquatilis Wahlenb.

Leafy tussock sedge, Water sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: CAAQ

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), GL (N), SPM (N)

A clumpy, 1-3 ft. sedge. Thick, smooth culms slightly exceed the leaves in height. Brown or blackish spikes are stiff and erect. A leaflike bract extends beyond the cluster of spikes.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Leaf: Green
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent.

Distribution

USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OR , PA , SD , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK , YT
Native Distribution: Circumboreal at high latitudes, extending s. in N. America to NJ, IN, MO, KS, NM, AZ & e. of the Cascades to CA
Native Habitat: Wet meadows and shallow water at northern latitudes or mid- to high-elevations

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Aquatic: yes
Soil Description: Wet soil to shallow water.
Conditions Comments: Recommended for wetland restoration projects.

Propagation

Description: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

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National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Toadshade Wildflower Farm - Frenchtown, NJ

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

USDA: Find Carex aquatilis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Carex aquatilis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Carex aquatilis

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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