Bogs and Acidic Peatlands of Southern New England by Marsha C. Salett
Taxonomy
Carex canescens L.
CYPERACEAE (Sedge Family)
EtymologyCarex is the classical Latin name for sedge; canescens means with short, fine hairs that give the appearance of being gray or off-white; from the Latin, canseco = to become gray or white.
Synonyms (Common Name)Silvery Sedge, Hoary Sedge
DescriptionSilvery bog sedge is a perennial sedge that grows to 3' high. It appears grayish-green or silvery because the foliage is glaucous -- covered with a whitish-bluish waxy bloom. Silvery bog sedge bears several short (less than 1/2"), sessile, uniform spikes.
Wetland indicator statusOBL
Plant Heightto 3 feet
LeavesSlender, to 1/8" wide, glaucous, whitish bluish, or gray-green.
Flower/InflorescenceMale (staminate) and female (pistillate) flowers on the same spike. Spikes silvery -green to grayish, sessile, cylindrical, 3/16 - 3/8" long; 4-8 per stem; lower 1-2 spikes farther spaced on stem than others; bristly bracts inconspicuous; 15-30 perigynia per spike. Perigynia oval, to 1/8" long, slightly rough, short beaked.
FruitAchene, lens-shaped.
Fruiting PeriodJune-August.
HabitatBogs, swamps, marshes, wet woods, wet meadows.
RangeNewfoundland Alaska, south to Virginia, Ohio, Arizona and California.
(c) 1998-2006 Marsha C. Salett