Carex jamesii Schwein.

Grass Sedge, James' Sedge

Carex jamesii plant

Family - Cyperaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Carex jamesii baseBase of plant.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Carex jamesii flowering clumsFlowering culms are shorter than the leaves.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Carex jamesii fruitsFruits.

Flowering - April - June.

Habitat - Bottoms, mesic forests, ledges and bases of mostly dolomite bluffs.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This small Carex species is one of the easier mesic species to identify. In the field the plant is very common in mesic bottoms and often covers the forest floor. The thin, shiny green leaves can be seen in large clumps. The abruptly beaked fruits are a good characteristic for identification also.

Photographs taken in the Ozark Scenic Riverways, Shannon County, MO., 5-19-03.