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Carex pseudocyperus

Carex pseudocyperus L.

Cypress-like Sedge, Cypresslike Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)



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

A slender but stout, grass-like plant with long, rough-margined leaves and a cluster of brown seed capsules clinging high on the stem. The 2-3 ft. stems grow in clumps.


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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 Pubescence: Glabrous
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Inflorescence: Spike
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

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


USA: CT , IN , MA , ME , MI , MN , ND , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , VT , WI
Canada: MB , NB , NS , ON , PE , QC
Native Distribution: Nf. to Sask., s. to ME, CT, n. PA, MI, WI & MN
Native Habitat: Shallow water; swamps; bogs

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Aquatic: yes
Soil Description: Wet soil to standing water.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Description: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

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.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

North American Native Plant Society - Etobicoke, ON

Research Literature

Reslit 631 - Responses of two frequently-burned wet pine savannas to an extended period without fire (2007) S. E. Hinman and J. S. Brewer

This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resources

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


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

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