Carex obnupta L.H. Bailey
Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)
Synonym(s): Carex magnifica
USDA Symbol: CAOB3
Slough Sedge is a member of the sedge family (family Cyperaceae). Sedges are herbs of wet sites, often grass-like, with stems commonly 3-sided.
Flowers: bisexual or unisexual, radially symmetrical, nestled in the axil of a bract, aggregated into smal
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent. Bloom time refers to fruiting period for Carex spp.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitUse Other: Indigenous people cultivated rhizomes for use in basketry.
Interesting Foliage: yes
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording 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
BibliographyBibref 1218 - Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources (2006) Anderson, M. Kat
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Carex obnupta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Carex obnupta in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Carex obnupta
MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff