Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Broadwing Sedge
Carex alata
Family: Cyperaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  T
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1S2

Generally known from wet soil mostly near the coast (Gleason & Cronquist 1991); marshes (KY)

Species Description:
Perennial sedge.

Flowering Period: Early May to late June.
Fruiting Period: Early June to late July.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This tufted sedge, in the section Ovales, has leaves that are only 2-4 mm wide and shorter than the stems, the leaf sheaths are green ventrally (front side) almost to the summit and hyaline only at the tip; the female spikes are silvery-green or brown, and ovoid in shape and crowded (overlapping). Achenes are from 0.9mm wide or more and the perigynia is about 2.5 longer than wide and oval in shape.

Avoid changes in moisture conditions at the site. These could result from overstory removal or changes in hydrology (stream alteration or impacts due to erosion for example).

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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