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Carex vaginata (Sheathed sedge)
Smith, R.W.

Carex vaginata

Carex vaginata Tausch

Sheathed Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Carex saltuensis

USDA Symbol: CAVA2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), GL (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 , Monoecious
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AK , ME , MI , MN , MT , NY , VT , WI
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , QC , SK , YT
Native Habitat: Riparian,Swamp/Marsh

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


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

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