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Carex phaeocephala

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About Dunhead Sedge (Carex phaeocephala) Carex phaeocephala is a species of sedge known by the common name dunhead sedge. It is native to much of western North America, from Alaska to California to New Mexico, where it grows in high elevation habitat, including areas of alpine climate, generally in rocky soils. This sedge produces dense clumps of stems up to about 45 centimeters in maximum height with several narrow, channeled leaves up to about 20 centimeters long. The dense or open flower cluster contains several spikes of flowers. Female flowers have scales which are greenish or brown-orange with narrow pale edges. The perigynium covering the fruit has a dark center and greenish margins.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky places

Part Shade

Elevation ?
73' - 13880'

Annual Precip. ?
11.9" - 122.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.40" - 4.20"

Coldest Month ?
8.0° F - 55.6° F

Hottest Month ?
31.8° F - 73.8° F

Humidity ?
0.83 vpd - 21.77 vpd

Landscaping Information

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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