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Carex sterilis

Carex sterilis Willd.

Dioecious Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Carex elachycarpa, Carex muricata var. sterilis, Carex ×minganinsularum, Kobresia elachycarpa

USDA Symbol: CAST16

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 , Dioecious
Inflorescence: Spike
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AL , CT , IA , IL , IN , MA , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , TN , VA , WI , WV
Canada: MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , QC , SK
Native Habitat: Bog/Fen,Lakeshores

Growing Conditions

Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet

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


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

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