Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Carex crinita
Fringed sedge, Sedge
Taxonomy

Synonyms: Carex crinita brevicrinis, Carex crinita var. brevicrinis, Carex crinita var. crinita

Subspecific taxa:

Classification:

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 distributed in spring-fed calcareous swampy meadows, wet riverbottom prairies, prairie swales and sloughs. Species is distributed in spring-fed calcareous swampy meadows; wet river bottom prairies; prairie swales and sloughs.

ILPIN Notes: The species is scattered throughout Ill. This is a typical variety. Upper 1-2 spikes staminate or gynaecandrous; lower 2-6 spikes pistillate or androgynous. These plants have a stout aspect. The perigynia are short-beaked, brown-tawny-green, and anticularly-compressed. The staminate spikes are long-pedunculate, arching-pendulous. The pistillate scales are rough-long-awned, with hyaline margins. The achenes are wrinkled or constricted on 1 side. This variety - awns of lower pistillate scales less than or equal to 2x l. of perigynia; perigynia 2-3 mm thick.

Functional Relationships:

Human Relationships:

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Wildlife and Livestock Information:

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

  • Entire State: 8
  • Chicago Area: 10

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