Carex trichocarpa Willd.
Common Name: HAIRY-FRUITED SEDGE
Coefficient of Conservatism: 8
Coefficient of Wetness: -5
Wetness Index: OBL
Physiognomy: Nt P-Sedge
Status: SC
Carex trichocarpa N. Martineau

Rare, in open, wet deciduous forests on floodplains, river banks, and floodplain marshes and meadows; closely associated with larger rivers and their tributaries. 

When fruit is mature, the distinctive tall vegetative shoots (which are true stems with nodes and internodes) overtop and conceal the shorter fertile stems. But not infrequently, colonies are entirely vegetative, The species is nevertheless easily recognized because of the unique vegetative stems with shiny, thickened, red-purple zones at each sheath apex.

 

Locations

Berrien County
Cass County
Genesee County
Ingham County
Jackson County
Kent County
Lenawee County
Macomb County
Ontonagon County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. October 22, 2019. https://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1070.