Carex lasiocarpa

Wool Fruited Sedge

Wool Fruited Sedge, Photo courtesy of Wisconsin State Herbarium and  Emmet J. Judziewicz
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Name:

  • Carex, from the Latin, "sedge, reed grass, rush"
  • lasiocarpa, from the Greek, lasios (lasios), "shaggy, woolly, hairy", and karpos (karpos), "fruit"; hence, "woolly fruited"
  • Common Name, from the distinctive seedhead, the "woolly fruit"
  • Other common names include: Woollyfruit Sedge, Slender Sedge, Trådstorr (Nor), Trådstarr (Swe), Tråd-Star (Dan), Jouhisara (Fin), Faden-Segge (Ger), Seisg Choilleanta (Gaelic), Ostrica Plstnatoplodá (Slovak)

Taxonomy:

  • Kingdom Plantae, the Plants
    • Division Magnoliophyta, the Angiosperms (flowering plants)
      • Class Liliopsida, the Monocotyledons
      • Subclass Commelinidae
          • Order Cyperales
            • Family Cyperaceae, the Sedges
              • Genus Carex, the Sedges
  • Taxonomic Serial Number: 39459
  • Also known as Carex filiformis, Carex lanuginosa var. americana

Description:

  • A ¼, ½, ¾, º, é
  • A boreal bog grass
  • Leaves
  • Stem
  • Roots
  • Flowers
    • Sepals
    • Petals
    • Stamens
    • Pistils
    • Ovary superior (within blossom) inferior (below flower)
  • Fruit
  • Seed

Identification:

  • The most common of the northwoods sedges.
  • The strong, peppery smell is also distinctive
  • Identifiable as
  • Distinguished from the terrestrial sedges by its wetland habitat.
  • Field Marks

Distribution:

  • Northern North America
  • Alaska to Newfoundland,

Habitat:

  • Bogs, marshes, watersides.
  • Preference for wet habitat limits effects of fire.

Associates:

History:

Uses:

Reproduction:

  • Sexually by seed
  • Flowers
  • Assexually by

Propagation:

  • By rhizome division,

Cultivation:

  • Hardy to USDA Zone 3 (average minimum annual temperature -40ºF)
  • Cultural Requirements
    • Sun
    • Soil
    • Water
    • Spacing
    • Fertilization
  • Size 12"-18"W x 12"-18"H
  • Growth rate
  • Good for

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Last updated on 26 February, 2004