Carex blanda Dewey

Common Wood Sedge


CC = 2
CW = 0
MOC = 110

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Family - Cyperaceae, Carex section Laxiflorae

Stems - No info. yet.

Carex_blanda_base.jpg Base of plant.

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Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.


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Flowers - No info. yet.

Carex_blanda_fruits.jpg Staminate spike and pistillate fruits.

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Flowering - April - July.

Habitat - Swamps, bottoms, mesic to dry woods, lawns, roadsides, streambanks.

Origin - Native to the U.S.

Other info. - This common sedge is found throughout Missouri. As seen above, the plant can be found in a variety of habitats. It is one of the more common plants in the state but is overlooked by most because of its bland and weedy appearance.
The plant can be identified in the field by its pale stem bases, its inflated, beaked fruits, and its typically wide and pleated leaves. This species forms tufts of many flowering stems.

Photographs taken in the Ozark Scenic Riverways, Shannon County, MO., 5-19-03.