Carex radiata  (C. rosea) eastern star sedge Cyperaceae CARA; Bx, vc; Q, a;

Carex radiata plants. Gary P. Fleming. Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora. Virginia Botanical Associates, Blacksburg vaplantatlas.org

Carex radiata plants. Gary P. Fleming. Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora. Virginia Botanical Associates, Blacksburg vaplantatlas.org (Accessed 12/2014).

Carex radiata is a perennial, densely tufted sedge, fertile stems fine, to 80 cm long, 0.8-1.5 mm thick at base.

Leaves elongate, to 1.9 mm wide; bracts very thin, the lowest often longer than flowering stem.

Carex radiata.Gary P. Fleming.Atlas of the Virginia Flora Virginia Botanical Associates, Blacksburg.  www.vaplantatlas.org

Carex radiata.Gary P. Fleming.Atlas of the Virginia Flora Virginia Botanical Associates, Blacksburg.  www.vaplantatlas.org. (Accessed 12/2014).

Flower spikes small, 4-7, sessile (stalkless), spike closely aggregated or lower ones separate; male flower spikes at top, scale below each flower shorter than perigynia, rounded to acute at tip, greenish; female flowers (perigynia) pale green, widely spreading to pointing downward, one side flat, the other convex, 2.6-3.8 mm long, base blunt, spongy, veins obscure, tip short-beaked, 2-toothed, margins rough; achene (seed) lens-shaped, not filling the lower part of the perigynium; stigmas straight to somewhat twisted. blooms mostly May-June.

Wetland status: NL.

Origin: Native.

Habitat: Moist woods.

Notes: Extremely difficult to tell from C. appalachica or C. rosea. Often grouped under C. rosea complex (G. Moore personal communication).