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Carex vernacula

Carex vernacula L.H. Bailey

Native Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Carex foetida, Carex foetida var. vernacula

USDA Symbol: CAVE5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The 2-12 in. culms and narrow leaves rise in loose tufts from a creeping rootstock. Spikelets are numerous and clustered into a round head at the top of the culm.


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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
Inflorescence: Spike
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

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


USA: CA , CO , ID , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Native Distribution: Irregularly distributed in the higher mts. of w. U.S.; CA Sierras to s. WA, e. to the Rockies
Native Habitat: Moist, mt. meadows & slopes; poorly drained mt. bogs

Growing Conditions

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


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

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


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

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