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Carex virescens (Ribbed sedge)
Smith, R.W.

Carex virescens

Carex virescens Muhl. ex Willd.

Ribbed Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Carex costata, Carex virescens var. costata

USDA Symbol: CAVI4

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
Leaf Pubescence: Pilose
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Inflorescence: Axillary , Spike
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WV
Canada: NB , NS

Additional resources

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


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

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