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Carex careyana

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 careyana

Carex careyana Torr. ex Dewey, Amer. J. Sci. Arts 30: 60 (1836).

Carex heterostachya Torr., Amer. J. Sci. Arts, ser. 2, 2: 248 (1846), nom. illeg.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Northern America
Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

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

Torrey, J. 1836. American Journal of Science, and Arts 30: 60.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Carex careyana in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2019 Dec 15. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Carex careyana. Published online. Accessed: Dec 15 2019. 2019. Carex careyana. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 15 Dec 2019.
Integrated Taxonomic Information System online database ITIS TSN: 39541

Vernacular names
English: Carey's sedge

Carex careyana, commonly known as Carey's sedge,[3] is a species of sedge found in the eastern United States and Ontario, Canada.[4][5]

Its natural habitat is nutrient-rich moist forests, often on rocky calcareous slopes, and around outcrops such as caves or sinkholes.[6][7] It is a conservative species, only being found in intact natural communities.[8]

It can be distinguished from other Carex in section Careyanae by its combination of purple leaf bases, broad basal leaves, long leaf-like bracts on the culm, and relatively large perigynia.[8][7] It produces flowers and fruits in spring.[6]

Detail of flowers and fruit

Detail of flowers and fruit


"Carex careyana Torr. ex Dewey". International Plant Names Index. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
"Carex careyana Torr. ex Dewey". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanical Gardens Kew. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Carex careyana". The PLANTS Database ( Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
"Carex careyana". County-level distribution map from the North American Plant Atlas (NAPA). Biota of North America Program (BONAP). 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
Brouillet L, Desmet P, Coursol F, Meades SJ, Favreau M, Anions M, Bélisle P, Gendreau C, Shorthouse D, and contributors (2010+). "Carex careyana Torr. ex Dewey". Database of Vascular Plants of Canada (VASCAN). Retrieved 9 October 2019.
Bryson, Charles T. & Robert F. C. Naczi (2002). "Carex careyana". In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (ed.). Flora of North America North of Mexico (FNA). Vol. 23. New York and Oxford. Retrieved 9 October 2019 – via, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Weakley, Alan (2020). "Flora of the Southeastern United States".
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