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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 aurea

Carex aurea Nutt.


Neskiza aurea (Nutt.) Raf., Good Book: 27 (1840).
Carex mutica R.Br. in J.Franklin, Narr. Journey Polar Sea: 751 (1823).
Carex pyriformis F.W.Schultz, Jahresber. Pollichia 15: 122 (1855).
Carex aurea f. colorata Farw., Rep. (Annual) Michigan Acad. Sci. 21: 362 (1920).

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Northern America
Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Manitoba, Masachusettes, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Newfoundland, North Dakota, Northwest Territorie, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Prince Edward I., Qubec, Rhode I., Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Yukon

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

Nuttall, T. 1818. The genera of North American plants, and a catalogue of the species, to the year 1817. Volume 2. 245 + 10 pp., D. Heartt, Philadelphia. BHL Reference page. : 205.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Carex aurea 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 aurea. Published online. Accessed: Dec 14 2019. 2019. Carex aurea. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 14 Dec 2019.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Carex aurea in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

Vernacular names
English: golden sedge
suomi: Kultasara

Carex aurea is a species of sedge known by the common name golden sedge.[1] It is native to much of North America, including most of Canada and the western, upper Midwest, and northeastern United States.[2] It grows in wet habitat, often on soils of a basic pH.
Carex aurea on stream bank

Carex aurea produces stems up to about 40 cm (16 in) tall. The inflorescence produces staminate and pistillate flowers, the latter yielding rounded fruits. The fruit is coated in a sac called a perigynium which is fleshy and green at full size and then turns bright orange just before it falls off.

USDA Plants Profile
"Carex aurea". County-level distribution map from the North American Plant Atlas (NAPA). Biota of North America Program (BONAP). 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2019.

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