Bogs and Acidic Peatlands of Southern New England by Marsha C. Salett
Taxonomy
Carex limosa L.
CYPERACEAE (Sedge Family)
EtymologyCarex is the classical Latin name for sedge; limosa is Latin for: of marshy places.
Synonyms (Common Name)Quagmire Sedge
DescriptionA low-medium (8"-2 1/2') perennial sedge, mud sedge is found in Sphagnum bogs. Its leaves are glaucous, giving it a waxy, bluish or whitish cast. Male and female flowers occur on separate, short spikes. Mud sedge is endangered in Connecticut and on the watch list in Massachusetts.
Wetland indicator statusOBL
Plant Height8-30 inches
LeavesFew, long (3/4 - 4") and narrow (1/16"), channeled, glaucous; leafy bract subtends lowest spike.
Flower/InflorescenceMale and female flowers on separate spikes. Staminate (M): single terminal spike, 3/4 - 1 1/16" long. Pistillate (F): 1-3, on thin stalks, nodding, 3/4 - 1" long; scales brown, large -- almost as long and wide as the perigynia; perigynia oval to egg-shaped, 4-7 nerves on each face, beakless or minute beak.
FruitAchene.
Fruiting PeriodJune-August.
HabitatBogs.
RangeNewfoundland to Alaska; south New Jersey, Ohio, Iowa, and California.
(c) 1998-2006 Marsha C. Salett