Carex planispicata Naczi

Flat-Spiked Sedge

Carex planispicata plant

Family - Cyperaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Carex planispicata baseBase of plant.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Carex planispicata inflorescence

Flowers - No info. yet.

Carex planispicata fruitsFruits.

Flowering - April - June.

Habitat - Mesic upland forests. Typically on chert or sand.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found in the southeast corner of Missouri and may be more widespread. This is a non-distinct species vegetatively but it can be easily identified in fruit because of its 2-ranked inflorescences.
This species was recently separated from another, C. oligocarpa Schkuhr ex Willd. The two species are distinguished by the size and shape of their fruits. Plants with fruits larger than 4.2mm belong to C. planispicata.

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