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Carex spissa

Carex spissa L.H. Bailey

San Diego Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: CASP6

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A large sedge with a loose, bunched habit. Culms rise slightly above the grass-like leaves to a height of 3-6 ft.

 

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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 Texture: Leathery
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Inflorescence: Spike
Fruit:
Size Class: 3-6 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.

Distribution

USA: AZ , CA
Native Distribution: S. CA
Native Habitat: Wooded waterways in hills & canyons; sea level to 2000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Moist to wet soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Propagation

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

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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.

From the National Organizations Directory

According 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

Bibliography

Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.

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Additional resources

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

Metadata

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

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