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Carex tenax

Carex tenax Chapm.

Wire sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)


USDA Symbol: CATE12

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Leaf Pubescence: Puberulent
Inflorescence: Spike
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Flowers are minute and not visible to the naked eye. Fruit (achenes) are produced in the late spring through summer.


USA: AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC , TX
Native Habitat: Dry to dry-mesic, longleaf pine and sand-hill savannas.

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-MLE-13 Collected 2010-06-02 in Hardin County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Additional resources

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


Record Last Modified: 2011-08-18
Research By: DEW

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