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glomerate sedge (Carex aggregata)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMON NAMES:

glomerate sedge

 

SCIENTIFIC SYNONYMS:

Carex agglomerata Mackenzie, Bull.

Carex sparganioides Muhlenberg ex Willdenow var. aggregata (Mackenzie)

   Gleason

 

TAXONOMY: The currently accepted scientific name for glomerate

sedge is Carex aggregata Mack.

 

NATIVE STATUS: Native, United States and Canada.

 

GENERAL BOTANICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Glomerate sedge is a tufted, perennial, grass-like plant. It has long strap-like leaves that are up to 3.5 to 5.0 mm wide. From the tufts of leaves at the base of the plant, a stem 20-100 cm tall arises. Leaves come off of this stem and at the top of the stem is a dense cluster of flowers/fruits. The flower/fruit cluster is 1.5-5 cm long, 8-13 mm wide, and contains many numerous, small, and inconspicuous flowers. Small (3.4-4.6 mm long) green fruits (perigynia) form from the flowers.

 

REGENERATION PROCESS: Glomerate sedge propogates itself by re-

seeding.

 

HABITAT TYPES: Meadows, thickets, open forests, moist woods, and ditches.

 

SITE CHARACTERISTICS: Glomerate sedge prefers calcareous or limestone

soils.

 

SEASONAL DEVELOPMENT: Glomerate sedge fruits in late spring.

 

GENERAL DISTRIBUTION: Glomerate sedge occurs from New York west to southern Ontario, Michigan (probably adventive), Minnesota, and South Dakota south to North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

 

SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION:

 

Grass specimens can be found on trails marked in red.

 

       Bleak House
       Appalachian Trail/Old Trail
       South Ridge/North Ridge
       Gap Run
       Snowden
       Woodpecker Lane

       Sherman's Mill
       Rolling Meadows/ Lost Mountain
       Fish Pond

 

The specific distribution of glomerate sedge has not been determined.

 

IMPORTANCE AND USES: Insufficient information.

 

 

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