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Carex alopecoidea Tuck.
foxtail sedge

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General Information
Symbol: CAAL8
Group: Monocot
Family: Cyperaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Graminoid
Native Status : CAN   N
L48   N
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Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 1: 368. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society . Scanned by Omnitek Inc . Usage Requirements .




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Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Cyperaceae – Sedge family
Genus Carex L. – sedge
Species Carex alopecoidea Tuck. – foxtail sedge

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Connecticut foxtail sedge Special Concern
Indiana foxtail sedge Endangered
Maine foxtail sedge Possibly Extirpated
Massachusetts foxtail sedge Threatened
New Jersey foxtail sedge Endangered
Ohio northern fox sedge Endangered
Tennessee foxtail sedge Possibly Extirpated, Endangered

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Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FACW
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FACW
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Midwest FACW
Northcentral & Northeast FACW
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast OBL

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3. Carex alopecoidea Tuckerman, Enum. Meth. Caric. 18. 1843.

Carex alopécoïde

Plants with basal sheaths of previous year persistent as linear fibers. Culms to 80 cm × 4 mm, scabrous. Leaves: sheaths all with blades, fronts smooth, red spotted, indistinctly linearly veined, apex hyaline, colorless, fragile, convex, entire; ligules rounded, 5 mm, free limb to 0.5 mm; blades dark green, not epistomic, to 60 cm × 7 mm. Inflorescences densely spicate, elongated, cylindric, with 8—12 branches, 2—4 × 1.5 cm; proximal internode to 0.5 mm; proximal bracts setaceous, apparent. Scales coppery with hyaline margins. Perigynia pale brown, coppery distally, faintly 3—5-veined or veinless abaxially, veinless adaxially, to 4 × 1.7 mm, base not distended proximally, rounded; stipe to 0.2 mm; beak to 2 mm, serrulate. Achenes circular, 1.5 × 1.3 mm; stalk to 0.15 mm; persistent style base cylindric. 2n = 68.

Fruiting Jul. Seasonally saturated soils in wet meadows, openings in alluvial woods, stream banks, particularly on calcareous substrates; 0—1500 m; Man., N.S., Ont., Que., Sask.; Conn., Del., D.C., Ill., Ind., Iowa, Ky., Maine, Md., Mass., Mich., Minn., N.J., N.Y., N.Dak., Ohio, Pa., Vt., Wis.

Morphologically Carex alopecoidea is most similar to C. conjuncta; it differs in the smooth sheath fronts and the abaxial veins faint or absent.

Updated: 2019-09-16 00:03:00 gmt
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