Carex utriculata

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

Carex rhynchophysa

Carex utriculata is a species of sedge known by the common name Northwest Territory sedge.


This sedge is native to the northern half of North America, including most all of Canada and the northern United States, and down to montane California. It is also found in northern Europe and northern Asia. It is a common plant in many types of wetland habitat.


Carex utriculata produces stems exceeding one meter-3 feet in maximum height from a thick network of long rhizomes. The inflorescence is a cylindrical mass of flowers up to about 40 centimeters long with an accompanying leaflike bract which is generally longer than the flower spike. Each inflorescence bears up to 200 developing fruits, each enclosed in a shiny green, golden or brown perigynium.

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Carex utriculata early-season, male above female spikes
Carex utriculata at Hamilton Lake edge, Sierra Nevada