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Carex exilis (Coastal sedge)
Smith, R.W.

Carex exilis

Carex exilis Dewey

Coastal Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)


USDA Symbol: CAEX7

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

Often grows in association with tufted clubrush (Scirpus cespitosus) (Wetland Plants of Ontario)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 32 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Flowers inconspicuous. Bloom time refers to fruiting period.


USA: AL , DE , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , PA , RI , VT , WI
Canada: NB , NL , NS , ON , QC
Native Habitat: Bog/Fen

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet

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.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-03-27
Research By: TWC Staff

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