Carex shortiana Dewey

Short's Sedge

Carex shortiana plant

Family - Cyperaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Carex shortiana sheathLeaf sheath.

Carex shortiana liguleLigule.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Carex shortiana inflorescenceStaminate and Pistillate inflorescences.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Carex shortiana fruitsFruits.

Flowering - May - July.

Habitat - Bottomland prairies, moist upland prairies, swamps, bottomland forests, mesic upland forests, pond margins, marshes, fens, roadside ditches, railroads.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This dark-fruited species is one of the easier Carex species to identify in Missouri. The fruits turn their characteristic chocolate color fairly early and make the plant very noticeable.
The plant can be found throughout most of state but is less common in the central Ozark region and in the northwest corner of the state.

Photographs taken in the Ozark Scenic Riverways, Shannon County, MO., 6-17-03.