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Carex arctata

Carex arctata Boott ex Hook.

Drooping Woodland Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)


USDA Symbol: CAAR3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)

Fine drooping spikes of greenish grains at the end of long arching stalks; 10-20cm across, semi-evergreen basal leaves in a rosette. (Ontario Native Plants 2002)


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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

Bloom Information

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


USA: CT , IN , MA , ME , MI , MN , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , VA , VT , WI
Canada: NB , NL , NS , ON , PE
Native Habitat: Forest

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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