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Carex scirpoidea (Northern singlespike sedge)
Smith, R.W.

Carex scirpoidea

Carex scirpoidea Michx.

Northern Singlespike Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)


USDA Symbol: CASC10

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), GL (N), SPM (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
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Inflorescence: Spike
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 0-1 ft. , 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent.


USA: AK , CO , ID , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NH , NV , NY , OR , VT , WA , WY
Canada: NB , NS

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low

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


Record Modified: 2018-03-08
Research By: TWC Staff

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