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Carex molestiformis Reznicek & P.E. Rothrock. Section: [26q] Section 12 Ovales. Frightful Sedge. Phen: May-June. Hab: Bottomland forests, wet meadows, ditches, ravines, especially over calcareous substrates. Dist: W. VA, WV, s. OH, c. KY, and c. MO south to nw. NC, n. GA, c. TN, n. MS, sw. AR, and se. OK (likely to be more widespread after further study).

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Taxonomy Comments: See Rothrock, Reznicek, & Bryson (2011).

Synonymy: = Ar, FNA23, Il, K1, K3, K4, Mo1, Tn, Va; = n/a – RAB; < Carex brevior (Dewey) Mack. ex Lunell – C, G

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FAC (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FAC (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Great Plains: FAC (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Midwest: FAC (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FAC (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)

Heliophily: 8

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image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
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