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Carex tonsa var. tonsa

Carex tonsa (Fernald) E.P. Bicknell var. tonsa

Shaved Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge family)

Synonym(s): Carex rugosperma var. tonsa, Carex umbellata var. tonsa


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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 6 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent. Bloom color refers to spikelets. Bloom time refers to fruiting period.


USA: CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , NH , NJ , NY , PA , RI , SC , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: AB , BC , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK
Native Habitat: Open, dry, sandy fields, pine and oak barrens, savannas, dunes, roadsides, ridges.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2020-10-30
Research By: CBR

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