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Pointed Broom Sedge (Carex scoparia)

Description
  • Global Rank: N/A
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Cyperaceae
  • State: AL, AB, AZ, AR, BC, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LB, LA, ME, MB, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NB, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NF, NC, ND, NS, OH, OK, ON, PA, PE, QC, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY
  • Nature Serve ID: 155252
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 12/07/2021

Carex scoparia, or Pointed Broom Sedge, is a grass-like plant found in many types of moist to wet habitats, including those created or regularly disturbed by humans. The plant ranges from about 8-40 inches tall and the flowering stalks (inflorescences) range from about 6-24 inches long. There are two distinct varieties, C. scoparia var. scoparia and C. scoparia var. tessellata. Variety scoparia is common throughout the United States and Canada, but variety tessellata is only known from Maine and New Brunswick. The two varieties can be distinguished because, where they co-occur, variety tessellata has narrower leaves and thinner stems than variety scoparia. Unfortunately, little is known about the rarer form, C. scoparia var. tessellata.  

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Nomenclature
Taxon Carex scoparia
Authority Schkuhr ex Willd.
Family Cyperaceae
CPC Number 44903
ITIS 39432
USDA CASC11
Common Names Pointed Broom Sedge | broom sedge
Associated Scientific Names Carex scoparia | Carex lagopodioides var. scoparia | Carex leporina | Carex ovalis | Carex scoparia var. aggregata | Carex scoparia var. condensa | Carex scoparia f. elatior | Carex scoparia var. moniliformis | Carex scoparia f. peracuta | Carex scoparia var. scoparia | Carex scoparia f. scoparia | Carex scoparia f. subturbinata | Carex scoparia var. subturbinata | Carex scoparia f. tenerrima | Carex scoparia var. vera | Carex tribuloides var. moniliformis | Loncoperis scoparia | Vignea scoparia | Carex scoparia f. moniliformis
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