Carex tumulicola

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Carex tumulicola
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Poales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Carex
Subgenus: C. subg. Vignea
Section: C. sect. Phaestoglochin
Species: C. tumulicola
Binomial name
Carex tumulicola

Carex tumulicola, the splitawn sedge[1] foothill sedge,[2] or previously Berkeley sedge, is a sedge member of the Cyperaceae family.[3]


Carex tumulicola is found in western North America, from British Columbia to California,.[1] It has a height and width of 2 feet (61 cm), and is slowly spreading.[2][3] It is found in meadows and open woodlands, below 1,200 metres (3,900 ft).


Carex tumulicola is cultivated in the horticulture trade and widely available as a (grass-like) ornamental grass for: traditional and natural landscape drought-tolerant water-conserving lawns and small 'garden-meadows,' native plant and habitat gardens; and various types of municipal, commercial, and agency sustainable landscape and restoration projects.[2]

Similar species[edit]

Plants grown in the nursery trade are often mislabeled with botanical and common names of similar appearing Carex spp. - while the subtle distinctions are currently [2010] reclarified-assigned by botanists.[2] For example, one considered the species to be closely related to Carex hookeriana,[3] and others to Carex pansa.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Carex tumulicola Mack.". PLANTS Profile. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "California Native Plants for the Garden;" Bornstein, Fross, & O'Brien; Cachuma Press; 2005; pp. 74-75
  3. ^ a b c Kenneth Kent Mackenzie (1907). "Notes on Carex-II". Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 34 (2): 151–155. JSTOR 2479151. 

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