Carex nebrascensis Dewey
Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)
USDA Symbol: CANE2
A coarse, stout, 1-3 ft., clumpy sedge with hairy culms and a long, stout rootstock. The firm leaves are whitish-blue and do not reach as high as the 3-6 spiked terminal inflorescence.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
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: AZ , CA , CO , ID , IL , KS , MO , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OR , PA , SD , UT , WA , WI , WY
Native Distribution: E. WA to SD (sparingly n. to ND), s. to CA, NM & n.w. KS
Native Habitat: Wet meadows and swamps; often in alkaline situations
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Wet, often alkaline, soil or shallow water.
Conditions Comments: Can become weedy. Unlike some other moisture-loving Carex species, C. nebracensis readily tolerates dry air and intense sunlight, so long as its feet are wet.
BenefitUse Other: Indigenous people cultivated rhizomes to use in 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:
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 nebrascensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Carex nebrascensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff