Carex barbarae Dewey
Santa Barbara sedge
Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)
USDA Symbol: CABA4
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 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 Time: Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent. Bloom time refers to fruiting period for Carex spp.
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Seasonally wet soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Other: Indigenous people cultivated the rhizomes for basketry.
Interesting Foliage: yes
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 1218 - Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources (2006) Anderson, M. Kat
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Carex barbarae in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Carex barbarae in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff