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Carex castanea (Chestnut sedge)
Smith, R.W.

Carex castanea

Carex castanea Wahlenb.

Chestnut Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)


USDA Symbol: CACA16

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 Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Leaf Margin: Entire
Inflorescence: Spike
Fruit Type: Nut

Bloom Information

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


USA: CT , MA , ME , MI , MN , NH , NY , VT , WI
Canada: NB , NS

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


Record Modified: 2012-07-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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