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Carex brevicaulis
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Short Stem Sedge
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Carex brevicaulis

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About Short Stem Sedge (Carex brevicaulis) Short Stem Sedge (Carex brevicaulis) is a native grass that grows in Central and Northern California, primarily in the North Coast and Central Coast regions. It tends to grow in rocky or sandy soil, at elevations from 0-8200 feet.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
6 in (15.2 cm)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky or sandy soil


Elevation ?
16' - 6586'

Annual Precip. ?
15.9" - 63.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.24" - 1.96"

Coldest Month ?
29.3° F - 51.1° F

Hottest Month ?
58.0° F - 72.6° F

Humidity ?
0.32 vpd - 18.43 vpd


Sunset Zones ?
1, 2, 3, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7, 8, 9, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Landscaping Information
Common uses

Other Names
Common Names
Shortstem 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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