Carex subg. Carex

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Carex subg. Carex
Carex riparia
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Carex
Subgenus: Carex subg. Carex
Type species
Carex hirta

Carex subg. Carex is a subgenus of the sedge genus Carex. It is the largest of the four traditionally recognised subgenera, containing around 1400 of the 2000 species in the genus.[1] Its members are characterised by the presence of one or more exclusively male (staminate) terminal spikes, quite dissimilar in appearance from the lateral female (pistillate) spikes below.[2] In most species, the female flowers have three stigmas, but a few species, including Carex nigra, have female flowers with only two stigmas.[2]

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  1. ^ Julian R. Starr; Stephen A. Harris; David A. Simpson (2008). "Phylogeny of the unispicate taxa in Cyperaceae Tribe Cariceae II: the limits of Uncinia". In Robert F. C. Naczi; Bruce A. Ford (eds.). Sedges: Uses, Diversity, and Systematics of the Cyperaceae (PDF). Monographs in Systematic Botany. Vol. 180. Missouri Botanical Garden Press. ISBN 9781930723726. Archived from the original (PDF proof) on 2017-11-10. Retrieved 2013-06-06.
  2. ^ a b A. C. Jermy; D. A. Simpson; M. J. Y. Foley; M. S. Porter (2007). Sedges of the British Isles. BSBI Handbook No. 1 (3rd ed.). Botanical Society of the British Isles. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-901158-35-2.