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Wide Fruit Sedge
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Carex angustata

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About Wide Fruit Sedge (Carex angustata) Carex angustata is a species of sedge known by the common name widefruit sedge. It is native to the western United States from Washington and Idaho to California, where it grows in wet meadows and on streambanks. This sedge grows from a large rhizome network and does not form clumps as many other sedges do. The stems reach up to about a meter in maximum height with narrow, rough leaves. The flower cluster produces a few pistillate spikes and one or two staminate spikes, each a few centimeters long. The pistillate flowers have dark colored leafs. The fruit is covered in a sac called a perigynium which is 2 or 3 millimeters long, veined and bumpy, and generally green or pale brown in color, sometimes with red or purple spotting.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
3.3 ft (1 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Wet meadows

Part Shade

Elevation ?
284' - 9068'

Annual Precip. ?
17.5" - 111.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.18" - 3.97"

Coldest Month ?
26.3° F - 50.4° F

Hottest Month ?
50.8° F - 74.4° F

Humidity ?
0.42 vpd - 22.29 vpd

Landscaping Information
Other Names
Common Names
Widefruit Sedge

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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