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Carex caryophyllea

Carex caryophyllea Lat.

 

Vernal Sedge

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassCommelinidaeDayflowers and spiderworts, and several others
OrderCyperalesFlowering plants including grasses
FamilyCyperaceaeSedge family
GenusCarexThe “true” sedges
SpeciescaryophylleaProbably walnut-leaved

About plant names...

The Carex genus (sedges) comprises some 1100-2000 species, many of which are very difficult to distinguish. All Carex IDs here are very dubious at this time. For example, these might be Carex halleriana.

Identification: Plants are 4½-12" (12-30 cm) high. Stems are roughly triangular in cross section. Leaves are grasslike blades less than ¹/₃₂-⅛" (1.5-3 mm) wide. Flowering tops, about 1" (2.5 cm) high, are black at first, flowering in yellow. They are among the earliest plants to flower in the spring. They are often found in human-disturbed areas.

Online References:

Carex caryophyllea on the New England Wildflower Society’s GoBotany site

Carex caryophyllea on chestofbooks.com

Carex caryophyllea on Wikimedia Commons

Carex caryophyllea at Skye Flora

Carex caryophyllea on the USDA Plants Database

Carex caryophyllea on eFloras

Carex caryophyllea (Vernal Sedge)

4/8/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 4½ × 3" (11 × 7.9 cm) ID is uncertain

Carex caryophyllea (Vernal Sedge)

4/21/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm) ID is uncertain

Carex caryophyllea (Vernal Sedge)

4/17/2012 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, MA
≈ 5 × 5" (13 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain

Carex caryophyllea (Vernal Sedge)

4/27/2013 · Bemis Rd, Townsend, MA
≈ 6 × 5" (16 × 12 cm) ID is uncertain

Carex caryophyllea (Vernal Sedge)

4/21/2013 · Crow Hill Trail, Leominster State Forest, Leominster, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm) ID is uncertain

Carex caryophyllea (Vernal Sedge)

4/21/2013 · Crow Hill Trail, Leominster State Forest, Leominster, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm) ID is uncertain

Carex caryophyllea description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 19 Aug 2013.

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Carex caryophyllea (Vernal Sedge)

4/8/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 2 × 2½" (5.4 × 6.8 cm) ID is uncertain

Carex caryophyllea (Vernal Sedge)

4/8/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 2½ × 4" (7.3 × 9.9 cm) ID is uncertain

Carex caryophyllea (Vernal Sedge)

4/8/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 2½ × 3½" (6.7 × 9.2 cm) ID is uncertain

Carex caryophyllea (Vernal Sedge)

4/27/2013 · Bemis Rd, Townsend, MA
≈ 9 × 9" (22 × 23 cm) ID is uncertain

Carex caryophyllea (Vernal Sedge)

4/8/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 2 × 3" (6.0 × 8.0 cm) ID is uncertain

Carex caryophyllea (Vernal Sedge)

4/17/2012 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, MA
≈ 7 × 11" (18 × 27 cm) ID is uncertain

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