Carex leptalea Wahlenberg var. harperi (Fernald) Weatherby & Griscom. Section: [26mmm] Section 46 Leptocephalae. Phen: May-Jun. Hab: Bogs, seeps, blackwater bottomlands, usually in saturated conditions with Sphagnum spp. Dist: NJ south to c. peninsular FL, west to TX, inland in the interior to IN and AR.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Other Comments: Var. harperi is considered to differ from the typic variety in its larger perigynia, larger spikes, more aristate pistillate scales, and more southern range; it needs additional study.
Synonymy: = F, G, Va; = Carex harperi Fernald; = Carex leptalea Wahlenb. ssp. harperi (Fernald) W.Stone – ETx1, FNA23, K1, K3, K4; < Carex leptalea Wahlenb. – Ar, C, GrPl, GW1, Pa, RAB, S, Tn, Tx, W, WH3, Mackenzie (1931-1935)