Carex aquatilis Wahlenb.
Leafy tussock sedge, Water sedge
Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)
USDA Symbol: CAAQ
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent.
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Wet soil to shallow water.
Conditions Comments: Recommended for wetland restoration projects.
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Toadshade Wildflower Farm - Frenchtown, NJ
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Carex aquatilis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Carex aquatilis in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff