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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Poales

Familia: Cyperaceae
Subfamilia: Cyperoideae
Tribus: Cariceae
Genus: Carex
Species: Carex atlantica
Subspecies: C. a. subsp. atlantica – C. a. subsp. capillacea

Carex atlantica L.H.Bailey, Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 20: 425 (1893).
Native distribution areas:

Continental: Northern America
Regional: Eastern Canada
Nova Scotia, Ontario, Québec.
Regional: North-Central U.S.A.
Illinois, Missouri.
Regional: Northeastern U.S.A.
Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia.
Regional: South-Central U.S.A.
Regional: Southeastern U.S.A.
Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia.
Continental: Southern America
Regional: Caribbean
Dominican Republic.

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Bailey, L.H. 1893. Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 20: 425.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Carex atlantica in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2019 Dec 14. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Carex atlantica. Published online. Accessed: Dec 14 2019. 2019. Carex atlantica. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 14 Dec 2019.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Aug 2006 Carex atlantica in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service.

Vernacular names
English: prickly bog sedge, Atlantic sedge, Atlantic star sedge, Prickly bog sedge

Carex atlantica, the prickly bog sedge, is a species of flowering plant in the family Cyperaceae, native to eastern North America, and eastern Hispaniola.[1][2] It is usually found growing in bogs or acidic seeps.[3]

The following subspecies are currently accepted:[1]

Carex atlantica subsp. atlantica – Entire range, except Ontario, Québec, Vermont, and the Dominican Republic
Carex atlantica subsp. capillacea (L.H.Bailey) Reznicek – Entire range, except West Virginia


"Carex atlantica L.H.Bailey". Plants of the World Online. Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. "Dianthus bicolor Adams". GBIF Secretariat. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
Orzell, Steve L.; Bridges, Edwin L. (1989). "Noteworthy Carex L. (Cyperaceae: Section Stellulatae) Collections from Missouri". SIDA, Contributions to Botany. 13 (3): 380–383. JSTOR 41967503.

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