Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants


 
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Tarheel Sedge
Carex austrocaroliniana
Family: Cyperaceae

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

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S3


Habitat:
Mesophytic ravine forests.

Species Description:
Perennial sedge.

Phenology:
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).

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

Global Range:
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Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Fax: (502) 573-2355
Email:
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