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Carex mertensii (Mertens' sedge)
Le Duc, F. Alice

Carex mertensii

Carex mertensii Prescott ex Bong.

Mertens' Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)


USDA Symbol: CAME6

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Spikelet
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: To about 3 feet in height.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green , Brown , Black
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


USA: AK , CA , ID , MT , OR , WA
Canada: AB , BC

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


Record Modified: 2018-08-15
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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