Carex echinata

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Carex echinata
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Carex
Subgenus: Carex subg. Vignea
Section: Carex sect. Stellulatae
C. echinata
Binomial name
Carex echinata

Carex ormantha
Carex phyllomanica
Carex svensonis

Carex echinata is a species of sedge known by the common names star sedge and little prickly sedge.


This plant is native to North and Central America and parts of Eurasia. Carex echinata is a plant of wet forests, marshes, and mountain meadows of moderate elevation. It is commonly associated with peat bogs.


Carex echinata has a solid, ridged stem that may exceed 1 m (3 ft 3 in) in height and it has a few thready leaves toward the base. The inflorescences are star-shaped spikelets and are 3–15 mm (0.12–0.59 in) wide.

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