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Carex austrina

Carex austrina (Small) Mack.

Southern Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Carex muehlenbergii var. australis, Carex muehlenbergii var. austrina

USDA Symbol: CAAU6

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual
Inflorescence: Spike
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green


USA: AL , AR , FL , IA , IL , IN , KS , LA , MD , MS , NC , NE , OH , OK , TN , TX , VA

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


Record Modified: 2014-02-25
Research By: SET

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