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Carex albonigra

Carex albonigra Mack.

Black-and-white Sedge, Black-and-white-scale Sedge, Blackandwhite Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge family)


USDA Symbol: CAAL6

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent. Bloom color refers to spikelets. Bloom time refers to fruiting period.


USA: AK , AZ , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , NT , YT
Native Habitat: Alpine meadows, fellfields.

National Wetland Indicator Status

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.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2020-10-30
Research By: CBR

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