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Carex tenera Dewey. Section: [26q] Section 12 Ovales. Slender Sedge, Quill Sedge. Phen: May-Jul. Hab: Low forests, upland forests over hardpans, mesic prairies, wet ditches. Dist: NS west to BC, south to VA, NC, n. GA, ne. TN, MO, KS, WY, and OR.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: Carex echinodes (Fernald) P. Rothrock, Reznicek, & Hipp has sometimes been lumped into or treated as a variety of C. tenera, but warrants specific status.

Synonymy: = Il, K3, K4, Mi, NE, NY; = Carex tenera Dewey var. tenera – F, FNA23, Pa; = n/a – Tat; < Carex tenera Dewey – C, G, GrPl, K1, RAB, Tn

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Wetland Indicator Status:

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

Heliophily: 7

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