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Carex woodii

Carex woodii Dewey

Pretty Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Carex colorata, Carex tetanica var. woodii

USDA Symbol: CAWO2

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 2 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Flowers inconspicuous. Bloom time refers to fruiting period.


USA: CT , DC , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MD , MI , MN , NC , NJ , NY , OH , PA , SC , VA , WI , WV
Canada: ON

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.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) 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 woodii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Carex woodii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Carex woodii


Record Modified: 2023-03-28
Research By: CBR

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