Carex manhartii Bryson. Section: [26bb] Section 19 Laxiflorae. Phen: Apr-May. Hab: Cove forests and montane oak-hickory forests, mostly at medium to fairly high elevations, especially over mafic rocks (such as amphibolite) and calcareous rocks (such as marble), but occurring on more acidic substrates as well. Dist: Endemic to s. WV, sw. VA, w. NC, nw. SC, ne. GA, and se. TN, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Once considered very rare, this species is now known to be locally common in portions of sw. NC and adjacent ne. GA. For more information on the Virginia occurrence, see Belden et al. (2004).
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Synonymy: = FNA23, K1, K3, K4, Tn, Va, W; < Carex purpurifera Mack. – C, RAB, S, Mackenzie (1931-1935)