Carex argyrantha hay sedge Cyperaceae CAAR; Bx, pb;

Carex argyrantha. Donald Cameron. Copyright © 2014.New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org

Carex argyrantha. Donald Cameron. Copyright © 2014.New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org (Accessed 9/2014).

Carex argyrantha perennial, 30 cm to 1 m, tufted, yellow-green; basal leaves bladeless. 

Leaves of flowering stems 0.3-0.5 cm wide. 

Carex argyrantha perigynia and achene. A. A. Reznicek. Michigan Flora, Herbarium, U. Michigan. michiganflora.net

Carex argyrantha perigynia and achene. A. A. Reznicek. Michigan Flora, Herbarium, U. Michigan. michiganflora.net (Accessed 11/2017).

Flower spikes 3-15, bead-like along the axis, narrowly elliptic 0.6-2.5 cm long, stalkless; male (staminate) flowers at base of spike, perigynia appressed to axis, crowded, often covered by scale, silvery-green, finely warty (use lens), flat, 0.3-0.4 cm long, 0.1-0.2 cm wide, with about 5-8 conspicuous veins on each side, margins winged, wing margins finely toothed or fringed; inflorescence elongate, drooping, bracts small, hair-like; blooming and fruiting June-July. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Rare (NYS S3, U). 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Dry, sandy or rocky soil, open woods. 

Notes: Much like C. foenea except for silvery-green perigynia.