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Carex Linnaeus. Sedge.

Contributed by Derick B. Poindexter, Alan S. Weakley, and Bruce A. Sorrie

Key to Carex

A genus of about 2000 (or more) species, herbs, cosmopolitan, especially temperate and boreal.

Key advice:Features of the perigynium are critical for identification, notably details of the shape, ornamentation or vestiture, presence and size of beak, size and oreintation of teeth at the perigynium orifice, and number of striations (or veins).

Other Comments: Key to sections adapted closely from FNA23.

Ref: Ball & Reznicek (2002) In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2002b); Bryson (1985); Bryson, Kral, & Manhart (1987); Derieg et al. (2013); Dorey (2019); Dragon & Barrington (2009); Fernald (1942b); Frye & Lea (2002); Goetghebeur In Kubitzki (1998b); Kirschbaum (2007); Kral, Manhart, & Bryson (1987); LeBlond et al. (1994); Mackenzie (1931-1935); Maguilla et al. (2015); Maguilla et al. (2015); McKenzie & Nelson (2022); Medford, Poindexter, & Weakley (2021) In Weakley et al. (2021); Naczi (1993); Naczi, Bryson, & Cochrane (2002); Poindexter & Naczi (2014); Poindexter & Weakley (2018b) In Weakley et al. (2018a); Rettig (1989a); Sorrie et al. (2011); Ungberg (2022) In Weakley et al. (2022); Uttal (1971); Ward (2012a); Ward (2021). Show full citations.

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image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Keith Bradley | Carex grayi | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Andrew Lane Gibson | Carex gigantea | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Andrew Lane Gibson | Carex gigantea | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Steven Daniel, all rights reserved, uploaded by Steven Daniel | Carex atherodes source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Keith Bradley | Carex atlantica | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Carex kobomugi | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Steven Daniel, all rights reserved, uploaded by Steven Daniel | Carex atherodes source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan M. Cressler | Carex fraseriana | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Kristie Gianopulos | Carex atlantica | Original Image ⭷

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