Bogs and Acidic Peatlands of Southern New England by Marsha C. Salett
Carex crinita Lam.
CYPERACEAE (Sedge Family)
EtymologyCarex is the classical Latin name for sedge; crinita is Latin for: with long hair.
Synonyms (Common Name)Awned Sedge, Drooping Sedge
DescriptionA large perennial sedge, fringed sedge grows in dense clumps to 4 1/2' tall. Its spikes are long and cylindrical. Male and female flowers are on separate, slender-stalked, drooping spikes. The male spikes are terminal; the female spikes are larger and bristly.
Wetland indicator statusOBL
Plant Heightto 4.5 feet
LeavesTo 15" long, 1/4- 1/2" wide, rough margins, smooth sheath; leafy bracts.
Flower/InflorescenceMale and female flowers on separate spikes borne on long, slender stalks. Staminate (M): 1-3; long, thin-cylindrical, 1 1/2 - 3 1/2" long. Pistillate (F): 2-5, long, thin-cylindrical, drooping, bristly, 1 1/2 - 4 5/16" long; scales with rough, elongated awn to 7/16"; perigynia are numerous and dense, smooth, egg-shaped, slightly inflated, short-beaked.
FruitAchene lens-shaped, often indented -- violin shaped.
Fruiting PeriodJune-August.
HabitatSwamps, marshes, wet meadows, wet woods.
RangeNewfoundland to Minnesota; south to Georgia and Texas.
(c) 1998-2006 Marsha C. Salett