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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 pellita

Carex pellita Muhl. ex Willd., Sp. Pl., ed. 4, 4: 302 (1805).

Diemisa pellita (Muhl. ex Willd.) Raf., Good Book: 27 (1840).

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Northern America
Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, Arkansas, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Manitoba, Maryland, Masachusettes, Mexico Northeast, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Newfoundland, North Dakota, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Qubec, Rhode I., Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Yukon

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

Muhlenberg, G.H.E. 1805. Species Plantarum. Editio quarta(1): 302.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Carex pellita in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Jan 31. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2020. Carex pellita. Published online. Accessed: Jan 31 2020.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Carex pellita in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Jan 31. Reference page. 2020. Carex pellita. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 31 Jan 2020.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Carex pellita in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

Vernacular names
English: woolly sedge, Woolly sedge
français: Carex laineux

Carex pellita is a species of sedge known by the common name woolly sedge.

This sedge is native to much of North America, including southern Canada, the United States, and northeastern Mexico.

Carex pellita grows in wet and dry areas in a number of habitat types, including disturbed areas such as ditches and roadsides. This sedge grows in colonies of individuals made up of clumps of stems 30 centimeters to one meter-3 feet tall from a network of spreading rhizomes.

The inflorescence is up to 30 centimeters long, a cylindrical body of overlapping flowers. Female flowers have dark brown or purplish, hairy scales with long tips. The fruit is coated in a fuzzy to woolly perigynium.

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