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Carex barbarae

Carex barbarae Dewey

Santa Barbara sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: CABA4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A bright-green, evergreen plant forming dense tufts. Culms rise 1-3 ft. and are usually taller than the linear leaves.

 

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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
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent. Bloom time refers to fruiting period for Carex spp.

Distribution

USA: CA , OR
Native Distribution: Coastal s. CA, n. through Coastal Ranges and Sierra foothills, to s.w. OR
Native Habitat: Seasonally wet, open, brushy or wooded slopes and valley flats

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Seasonally wet soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Benefit

Use Other: Indigenous people cultivated the rhizomes for basketry.
Interesting Foliage: yes

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: FAC FAC
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 Organizations Directory

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

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2008-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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