Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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Carex purpurifera Mackenzie. Section: [26bb] Section 19 Laxiflorae. Limestone Purple Sedge. Phen: May-Jun. Hab: Moist, rich cove forests, at low elevations, over calcareous or mafic rocks. Dist: WV (Vanderhorst et al. 2019), w. VA and KY south to n. GA and n. AL, mostly west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but with scattered disjunct populations on calcareous or mafic sites in the Blue Ridge.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Syn: = C, FNA23, K1, K3, K4, Tn, W; = Carex laxiflora var. purpurifera – G; < Carex purpurifera – RAB, S, Mackenzie (1931-1935)

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