Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Tarheel Sedge
Carex austrocaroliniana
Family: Cyperaceae

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

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S3

Mesophytic ravine forests.

Species Description:
Perennial sedge.

Flowering Period: Early April to late May.
Fruiting Period: Mid May to mid July.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This sedge, in the section Careyannae , has a purple base with leaves 3-6 mm wide. The pistillate spikes droop in long peduncles and there are only 2-6 per spike. It is in a group of Carex that have 3-sided achenes and perigynia, perigynia not beaked or without teeth, and the body has raised veins. It is not rhizomatous (does not have running roots).

Disturbance such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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