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Carex radiata (Eastern star sedge)
Smith, R.W.

Carex radiata

Carex radiata (Wahlenb.) Small

Eastern Star Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Carex radiata var. staminata, Carex rosea var. minor, Carex rosea var. radiata, Carex sylvicola

USDA Symbol: CARA8

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
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Inflorescence: Spike
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 32 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent. Bloom time refers to fruiting period for Carex spp.

Distribution

USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NS

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FAC FAC
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 - beta site (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 26 - Minnesota Wildflowers: a field guide to the flora of Minnesota (2009)
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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

Metadata

Record Modified: 2022-10-25
Research By: TWC Staff

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