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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 barrattii

Carex barrattii Torr. ex Schwein., Ann. Lyceum Nat. Hist. New York 1: 361 (1826).

Olamblis barrattii (Torr. ex Schwein.) Raf., Good Book: 26 (1840).
Carex littoralis Schwein., Ann. Lyceum Nat. Hist. New York 1: 70 (1824), nom. illeg.
Carex variegata Scheele, Linnaea 23: 565 (1850), nom. illeg.
Carex jacca J.Carey ex Boott, Ill. Gen. Carex 1: 69 (1858).

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Northern America
Regional: Southeastern U.S.A.
Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

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

Torrey, J. 1825. Annals of the Lyceum of Natural History of New York 1: 361.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Carex barrattii 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 barrattii. Published online. Accessed: Dec 14 2019. 2019. Carex barrattii. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 14 Dec 2019.
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. [1]

Vernacular names
English: Barratt's sedge

Carex barrattii is a species of sedge known as Barratt's sedge. It is endemic to the United States, where it occurs on the Atlantic Coastal Plain from Connecticut south to Georgia and Alabama. It also occurs in the southern Appalachians.[1]

This sedge has stems growing 20 to 90 centimeters tall.[2] The leaves are a few millimeters wide and pale blue-green in color. The plant produces dark purple flower spikes, but flowering occurs rarely. The plant reproduces vegetatively via rhizome.[3]

This plant grows on wet streambanks and savannas, and in pine barrens. It is not uncommon in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.[1] Most of the known populations occur there. It is most often found in open, sunny areas on acidic soils. Associated plants include Acer rubrum, Chamaedaphne calyculata, Clethra alnifolia, Sphagnum sp., Spiraea tomentosa, Vaccinium corymbosum, Carex stricta, Carex vesicaria, and Scirpus cyperinus.[3]

This plant requires disturbance, such as wildfire, and it is found in habitat that is fire-dependent, such as pine barrens. It does not tolerate shade.[3]

Carex barrattii. The Nature Conservancy.
Carex barrattii. Flora of North America.
Carex barrattii. Archived October 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Center for Plant Conservation.

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