Carex leptalea

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Carex leptalea
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Carex
Species: C. leptalea
Binomial name
Carex leptalea
Wahlenb.
Synonyms

Carex microstachys
Carex polytrichoides
Carex harperi

Carex leptalea is a species of sedge known by the common names bristly-stalked sedge and flaccid sedge. It is native to much of North America including most of Canada, the Dominican Republic, and the United States.[1] It only grows in wetlands. This sedge produces dense clusters of thin stems up to 70 centimeters tall from a network of branching rhizomes. The thin, deep green leaves are soft, hairless, and sometimes drooping. The inflorescence is up to 16 millimeters long but only 2 to 3 millimeters wide, and is yellow-green in color. There are only a few perigynia on each spikelet, and they are green and veined.

Subspecies[1]
  1. Carex leptalea subsp. harperi (Fernald) W.Stone - southeastern US from Texas and Florida north to Missouri and Pennsylvania
  2. Carex leptalea subsp. leptalea - widespread from Alaska east to Nunavut and south to California and Dominican Republic
  3. Carex leptalea subsp. pacifica Calder & Roy L.Taylor - Washington State, British Columbia, southeastern Alaska

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