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Carex oxylepis Torrey & Hooker. Section: [26ff] Section 23b Hymenochlaenae. Sharp-scaled Sedge. Phen: Mar-Jun. Hab: Bottomlands, calcareous forests. Dist: VA, KY, IL, MO, and OK south to c. peninsular FL and TX.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Taxonomy Comments: A distinction is sometimes made between var. oxylepis (with glabrous perigynia) and var. pubescens (with pubescent perigynia). Var. oxylepis is widespread in the Southeast; var. pubescens is more restricted, from KY and s. IL south to AL and MS.

Synonymy: = Ar, C, ETx1, F, FNA23, G, GW1, K4, Mo1, NcTx, RAB, S, Tx, Va, W, WH3, Mackenzie (1931-1935); > Carex oxylepis Torr. & Hook. var. oxylepis – Il, K1, K3, Tn; > Carex oxylepis Torr. & Hook. var. pubescens J.K.Underw. – Il, K1, K3, Tn

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACW
  • Great Plains: OBL
  • Midwest: FACW

Heliophily ?: 4

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