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Carex barbarae

Carex barbarae Dewey

Santa Barbara Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)


USDA Symbol: CABA4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A bright-green, evergreen plant forming dense tufts. Culms rise 1-3 ft. and are usually taller than the linear leaves.


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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
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

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


Native Distribution: Coastal s. CA, n. through Coastal Ranges and Sierra foothills, to s.w. OR
Native Habitat: Seasonally wet, open, brushy or wooded slopes and valley flats

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Seasonally wet soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Use Other: Indigenous people cultivated the rhizomes for basketry.
Interesting Foliage: yes


Description: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC FAC
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.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2008-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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