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Carex utriculata

Carex utriculata Boott

Northwest Territory Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Carex inflata var. utriculata, Carex rhynchophysa, Carex rostrata var. utriculata

USDA Symbol: CAUT

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (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: Pale to mid-green
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

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

Distribution

USA: AK , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , IA , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MT , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SD , TN , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK , YT
Native Habitat: Riparian,Swamp/Marsh,Bog/Fen,Fresh Water Aquatic

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low

Benefit

Use Other: Indigenous people cultivated rhizomes for use in basketry.
Interesting Foliage: yes

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National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL
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:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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

Metadata

Record Modified: 2008-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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