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Carex vaginata1

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 vaginata
Varietates: C. v. var. petersii – C. v. var. vaginata

Carex vaginata Tausch, Flora 4: 557 (1821).

Carex panicea subsp. vaginata (Tausch) Rouy in G.Rouy & J.Foucaud, Fl. France 13: 454 (1912).

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Temp. Northern Hemisphere
Alaska, Alberta, Austria, Baltic States, Belarus, British Columbia, Central European Rus, Chita, Czechoslovakia, East European Russia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greenland, Iceland, Illinois, Inner Mongolia, Irkutsk, Japan, Kamchatka, Kazakhstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Kuril Is., Labrador, Magadan, Maine, Manchuria, Manitoba, Michigan, Minnesota, Mongolia, Montana, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New York, Newfoundland, North Caucasus, North European Russi, Northwest European R, Northwest Territorie, Norway, Nunavut, Poland, Primorye, Qubec, Romania, Sakhalin, Saskatchewan, Sweden, Switzerland, Transcaucasus, Tuva, Ukraine, Vermont, West Siberia, Wisconsin, Yakutskiya, Yukon

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

Tausch, I.F. 1821. Flora, oder (Allgemeine) Botanischer Zeitung. Regensberg, Jena 4: 557.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Carex vaginata in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Feb 04. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2020. Carex vaginata. Published online. Accessed: Feb 04 2020.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Carex vaginata in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Feb 04. Reference page. 2020. Carex vaginata. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Feb 04.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Carex vaginata in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

Vernacular names
eesti: Tupptarn
suomi: Tuppisara
українська: Осока піхвова

Carex vaginata is a species of sedge known by the common name sheathed sedge. It has a circumboreal distribution, occurring throughout the northern latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere. It occurs in Alaska, throughout most all of Canada to Greenland and in Eurasia. In North America it occurs as far south as Minnesota and New York.[1]

This sedge produces stems up to 60 centimeters tall, growing from a long rhizome. The stem just below the inflorescence is sheathed in the base of the bract, the characteristic that gives the plant its name. The inflorescence contains a terminal spike and usually at least one lateral spike. The plant reproduces by seed and by sprouting from the rhizome and the stolons, and from buds at the bases of the stems.[1][2]

This sedge grows in many types of moist and wet habitat. It is present on tundra and in boreal forests. It grows in sandy, calcareous, and acidic, peaty soils.[1] It may be found growing in snow, which might help to protect it from dry and cold conditions.[3]

Walsh, Roberta A. 1994. Carex vaginata. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory.
Carex vaginata. Flora of North America.

Aiken, S.G., et al. 1999 onwards. Carex vaginata. Archived 13 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine ‘Cyperaceae of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago: Descriptions, Illustrations, Identification, and Information Retrieval.’ Version: 6 November 2000.

External links

The Nature Conservancy
USDA Plants Profile

Further reading

Schmidt, L. J. Conservation Assessment for Carex vaginata, Sheathed Sedge. USDA Forest Service. September 2003.

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