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Carex microptera

Carex microptera Mack.

Smallwing Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Carex festivella, Carex limnophila, Carex macloviana ssp. festivella, Carex macloviana var. microptera, Carex microptera var. crassinervia, Carex microptera var. limnophila

USDA Symbol: CAMI7

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
Inflorescence: Terminal
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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