Carex eburnea Boott

Bristle-Leaved Sedge

Carex eburnea plant

Family - Cyperaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Carex eburnea plant baseBrown base of plant.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Carex eburnea infructescenceInfructescence.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Carex eburnea flowersFlowers close-up.

Carex eburnea fruitsMature fruits.

Flowering - April - August.

Habitat - Glades (growing under cedar trees) and along dry to moist ledges and bluffs, in loose talus. Typically on calcareous substrates.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This little, yet attractive, species can be found in the Ozark region of Missouri and in a few counties north of the Missouri River. This is an easy species to ID in the field because of its habitat, thin leaves, and few-flowered inflorescences.
George Yatskievych writes that in recent years the plant has increased greatly in numbers on glades due to the increase in the number of cedar trees becoming established on those glades. This would probably be due to fire suppression in these areas for many years.

Photographs taken in the Ozark Scenic Riverways, Shannon County, MO., 5-30-03.