Bogs and Acidic Peatlands of Southern New England by Marsha C. Salett
Taxonomy
Carex lurida Wahlenb.
CYPERACEAE (Sedge Family)
EtymologyCarex is the classical Latin name for sedge; lurida is Latin for pale yellow.
Synonyms (Common Name)Lurid Sedge
DescriptionA low-medium (8" to 3') perennial sedge that often grows in dense clumps, sallow sedge has yellowish green foliage and pistillate spikes. The male and female flowers occur on separate large spikes. The female spikes are thick, cylindrical, and can be up to 3" long; they are sessile or short-stalked, erect or drooping.
Wetland indicator statusOBL
Plant Height8-36 inches
LeavesLinear, rough, to 10" long, 1/4-1/2" wide; leaf-like bracts subtending spikes.
Flower/InflorescenceSeparate male and female spikes large, cylindrical; Staminate (M): terminal, erect, brown, to 2 3/4" long, thin-cylindrical, scales with long awn. Pistillate (F): 1-4, axillary, yellowish-green, thick-cylindrical, 1/2 - 3" long, up to 3/4" thick, sessile or short-stalked, erect or drooping; scales rough-awned, awn longer than body of scale; perigynia numerous in densely-packed rows, nerved, egg-shaped with bidentate beak nearly as long as perigynium.
FruitAchene, triangular, brown; style persistent and twisted.
Fruiting PeriodJune-October.
HabitatSwamps, wet woods, wet meadows.
RangeNova Scotia to Minnesota; south to Florida and Mexico.
(c) 1998-2006 Marsha C. Salett