Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Carex rosea
Rosy sedge, Curly-styled wood sedge
Taxonomy

Synonyms: Carex convoluta, Carex flaccidula, Carex rosea var. pusilla

Subspecific taxa:

Classification:

  • Magnoliophyta

Other taxonomic & nomenclature sources: USDA PlantsITISThe Plant ListIPNI

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Species Distribution
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County Map Legend
Absent:
Not known from county
Medium confidence:
Medium or unknown confidence;
often old records or unverifiable observations
Medium-high confidence:
Often observations by expert botanists
High confidence:
Often vouchered herbarium records
Planted / introduced:
Native species introduced outside historic range,
or only in planted locations within county (e.g., restorations)
Historic / extirpated:
Only historic records for the species; likely extirpated
(Note that this category is not yet functional)

North American distribution maps for this species: FLNAUSDA PlantsBONAPBISON

Collection & Observation Phenology [?]

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Species Status

Status/Listing: No Information

Notes:

Origin: Native

Species Description

General: Monocot, perennial

Roots: adventitious, fibrous

Shoots: alternate leaf arrangment; simple leaf type; entire leaf margin; Parallel leaf venation; awl-shaped leaf shape

Inflorescence: spike

Flowers: unisexual, monoecious; 3 merous; incomplete, not petals, not sepals; hypogynous ovary position

Fruit: achene

Physiology: autotrophic

Ecology & Natural History

Habitat: Species is similar in habit to carex rosea. It is distributed in rich, wooded ravines, slopes and alleys; not subject to flooding. Species is distributed in rich, wooded ravines and valleys; not subject to flooding.

ILPIN Notes: Species is scattered throughout Illinois. Spikes are widely separated on culm apex, the lowest, spike with long, setaceous, subtending bract; bracts above are smaller. Species is closely related to Carex rosea. Ref. 6 doesn't recognize C. convoluta and ref. 4 also suggests that it be lumped with C. rosea. Spikelets have staminate flowers at the apex. Spikelets with staminate flowers at apex. Pistillate flowers 1-9 in a spike; spikes pistillate or mixed, globose, nearly so, or as broad-broader than long. Leaf blades mostly 0.5-3.5 mm. wide. Spikes separated along the culm. SCS.V.2 - > - Carex radiata (Wahlenb.) Small; C. rosea has been used to cover plants assigned to C. radiata; Carex flaccidula Stued. The type of C. rosea is included in the type of C. flaccidula. C. rosea cannot be accepted.

Functional Relationships:

Human Relationships:

  • Edibility [?] :
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Wildlife and Livestock Information:

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Coefficient of Conservatism (C-value) [?] :

  • Entire State: 5
  • Chicago Area: 4

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