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Carex alopecoidea (Foxtail sedge)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Carex alopecoidea

Carex alopecoidea Tuck.

Foxtail Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)


USDA Symbol: CAAL8

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (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
Leaf Margin: Entire
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Fruit Type: Achene

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Jul
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent. Bloom time refers to fruiting period for Carex spp.


USA: CT , DC , IA , IL , IN , MA , ME , MI , MN , MO , ND , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SD , TN , VT , WI , WY
Canada: NS

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium , High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil Description: Grows in swamps, floodplains, streambanks and moist fields.

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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-12-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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