Carex pellita

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woolly sedge
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Carex
Subgenus: Carex subg. Carex
Section: Carex sect. Paludosae
Species: C. pellita
Binomial name
Carex pellita
Muhl. ex Willd.

Carex lanuginosa

Carex pellita is a species of sedge known by the common name woolly sedge.


This sedge is native to much of North America, including southern Canada, the United States, and northeastern Mexico.


Carex pellita grows in wet and dry areas in a number of habitat types, including disturbed areas such as ditches and roadsides. This sedge grows in colonies of individuals made up of clumps of stems 30 centimeters to one meter-3 feet tall from a network of spreading rhizomes.

The inflorescence is up to 30 centimeters long, a cylindrical body of overlapping flowers. Female flowers have dark brown or purplish, hairy scales with long tips. The fruit is coated in a fuzzy to woolly perigynium.

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