Carex abscondita thicket sedge Cyperaceae CAAB; Bx, vc; NY, ct; Q, cu; R, sm, t;


Carex abscondita.Gary P. Fleming.Virginia Department of Conservation and

Carex abscondita.© Gary P. Fleming.Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (Accessed 4/2014).

Carex abscondita is a small perennial sedge, in low tufts of wide leaves, shade tolerant, winter-green, fertile stems 5-25 cm, mostly hidden in leaves. 

Leaves alternate, blade 0.3-0.9 cm wide, longer than flowering stems, rough on margins, basal sheaths white to pale brown; 

Flower spikes 2-3, upper ones almost stalkess, lowermost base of inflorescence, much shorter than leaves, delicate, often hidden by foliage; terminal spike male (bearing only anthers) about 1cm long, often hidden by bracts of fertile (female) spikes, perigynium beakless, 3-sided, finely veined (use lens), achenes 3-sided, style deciduous; blooming and fruiting May-July. 

Wetland status: FAC. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 


Carex abscondita.M.B.Gargiullo plant with fruit. 5/2015

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Understory of moist to wet forest, soil pH 4.8-6.8; tolerant of shade, anaerobic soil and fire, intolerant of drought, salt (USDA, NRCS 2010).