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Carex bigelowii (Bigelow's sedge) | NPIN

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Carex bigelowii

Carex bigelowii Torr. ex Schwein.

Bigelow's sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Carex bigelowii ssp. hyperborea, Carex consimilis

USDA Symbol: CABI5

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


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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
Fruit Type: Achene
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Jul
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent.


USA: AK , CO , ID , ME , MT , NH , NY , VT , WY
Canada: NB

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Carex bigelowii is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Melissa Arctic
(Oeneis melissa)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA


Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Carex bigelowii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Carex bigelowii in the Flora of North America (if available)
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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