Carex virescens ribbed sedge Cyperaceae CAVI; Bx, pb, wv; Q, cu;

Carex virescens.Donald Cameron.New England Wild Flower

Carex virescens.Donald Cameron.New England Wild Flower (Accessed 4/2014).

Carex virescens is a perennial, densely tufted sedge, stems hairy, fertile stems 0.3-1 m tall, reddish-purple at base, rough above, taller than leaves. 

Leaves 0.2-0.4 cm wide, pale green, hairy. 

Carex viresce perigynia. Patrick Alexander. IN Plants. Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No derivative Works License. 6/7/04. (Accessed 12/2017).

Flower spikes 2-4; 2-4 cm long, 0.3 cm wide, linear-cylindrical, tapering at base, lower spikes usually with a short stalk, leaf-like bract almost sheathless, upper spikes sessile with reduced bracts; terminal spike with female flowers above, male flowers below, lower spikes all female, flowers (perigynia) 0.2-0.3 cm, densely hairy, bluntly 3-sided, elliptical, with a few conspicuous ribs, tip pointed, scale whitish with green midrib, about as long as perigynia; achene 3-sided; blooms June-July. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Dry woods.