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Raynold's Sedge
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Carex raynoldsii

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About Raynold's Sedge (Carex raynoldsii) Carex raynoldsii is a species of sedge known by the common name Raynolds' sedge. It is native to western North America from California to Colorado to Yukon, where it grows in mountain meadows in subalpine and alpine climates. This sedge produces clumps of smooth stems up to about 75 centimeters in maximum height from a network of rhizomes. The flower cluster is a cluster of separate rounded or oval flower spikes one to two centimeters long, each generally hanging on a peduncle. The female flower has a covering scale which is black, brown, or purple, often with a raised, light colored midstripe and produces a rounded fruit.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
2 - 2.5 ft (0.6 - 0.8 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type

Part Shade

Elevation ?
494' - 12226'

Annual Precip. ?
17.2" - 88.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.30" - 3.52"

Coldest Month ?
21.3° F - 48.4° F

Hottest Month ?
42.5° F - 74.1° F

Humidity ?
0.87 vpd - 21.87 vpd

Soil Description
Adaptable, tolerant of sand, loam and clay

Landscaping Information
Other Names
Common Names
Raynolds' 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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