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Carex gracilescens, Slender looseflower sedge
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Carex gracilescens, Slender looseflower sedge
© Copyright Cody Parmer 2010 · 1
Carex gracilescens, Slender looseflower sedge
Carex gracilescens, Slender looseflower sedge
© Copyright Cody Parmer 2010 · 1
Carex gracilescens, Slender looseflower sedge

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Delphacidae  Stenocranus ( @ UDCC_TCN (2)
Pucciniaceae  Puccinia caricina @ BPI (2)

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Carex gracilescens Steud.
slender looseflower sedge

General Information
Symbol: CAGR8
Group: Monocot
Family: Cyperaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Graminoid
Native Status : CAN   N
L48   N
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Symbol Scientific Name
CALAG3 Carex laxiflora Lam. var. gracillima (Boott) Boott ex B.L. Rob. & Fernald


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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 gracilescens Steud. – slender looseflower sedge

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Massachusetts slender woodland sedge Endangered

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270. Carex gracilescens Steudel, Syn. Pl. Glumac. 2: 226. 1855.

Carex grêle

Carex laxiflora Lamarck var. gracillima Boott

Culms densely tufted, ascending, lax or, occasionally, decumbent, 13—78 cm × 0.8—1 mm. Leaves: basal sheaths purple or purple tinged; sheaths 2—42 mm; blades ascending or lax, erect, green or yellow-green, midrib developed adaxially, 2 lateral veins abaxially, 19—38 cm × 1—5 mm, blades of overwintering leaves smooth. Inflorescences: peduncles proximal pistillate spikes to 11 cm, distal spike sessile; staminate spike 0.5—10.6 cm. Bracts 0.5—11.2 cm × 0.5—4 mm, angles of bract sheath denticulate; bract blade of distal lateral spikes linear, narrower than spikes, not concealing them; widest bract blade of distalmost lateral spike 0.5—3.4 mm wide. Spikes (3—)4(—5) per culm; lateral spikes 5—27 × 3—4 mm; internode between proximal scales in proximal spike 1.1—3.2(—4.8) mm; terminal spike linear, 11—21 × 1—2.2 mm. Pistillate scales 2.8—3 × 1—1.2 mm, apex acute to aristate, awn to 1 mm. Staminate scales 3.5—4 × 1.2—1.5 mm, margins hyaline, purple-brown or brownish purple tinged, apex acute. Anthers 2.6—3 mm. Perigynia 4—12 per spike, closely overlapping, aggregated, ascending, conspicuously (22—)25—32-veined, elliptic-obovate, 2.8—3 × 1.5—1.8 mm, 1.8—2.7 times long as wide; beak abruptly bent, 0.2—0.8 mm. Achenes obovoid, 2.6—2.8 × 1.3—1.6 mm. 2n = 33, 38, 40.

Fruiting spring. Moist to dry deciduous or mixed deciduous-evergreen forests or woodland edges in partial shade, frequently on limestone or chalk, on clay or marl soils, stream bottoms or on steep slopes; 0—600 m; Ont.; Ala., Ark., Conn., Del., D.C., Fla., Ga., Ill., Ind., Ky., Md., Mass., Mich., Miss., Mo., N.H., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Okla., Pa., Tenn., Tex., Va., W.Va., Wis.

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