Carex praireaDewey ex Wood
accepted accepted accepted
Prairie Sedge


CAYUGA FLORA (1926) NOTES: In situations and soils similar to Carex diandra; scarce. June. Larch Meadow; Fleming Meadow; Mud Pond, McLean Bogs; Lake Como; Spring Lake; Lowery and Newton Ponds. E. Que. to B. C, southw. to Conn., Pa., Ky., Ill., Minn., and Utah; apparently absent on the Atlantic Coastal Plain. A sufficiently well-marked species, differing from C. diandra in the looser nodding inflorescence, the longer, browner, more lanceolate perigynia (2.5-3.5 mm. long) which are flat or concave on the inner face, and the longer scales (3 mm. long) which give the spikes a chaffy appearance. C. diandra has a strict bristly inflorescence, with short (2 mm. long), less conspicuous scales, and with more evident perigynia, 2-2.5 mm. long, bright, dark colored, and ovoid, with convex inner faces.

BH SPECIMENS FOR Carex prairea (this list may be incomplete)
 without locality, 3 Jun 1916, Bechtel & Wiegand 6013 (BH 6526);
 McLean Preserve, wet meadow, 2 Jun 1934, Clausen 1070 (BH 2504);
 Dryden, McLean, lake marsh, 26 Jun 1878 = no. 1, Dudley (BH 2508);
 McLean, boggy woodland, 5 Jun 1920, Muenscher & Bechtel 79 (BH 2503);
 Ithaca, Fleming Meadow, 4 Jun 1893, Rowlee (BH 2506);
 Ithaca area, Larch Meadows, 9 Jun 1888, Rowlee (BH 2507);
 Dryden, McLean Bogs, 17 Jun 1937, Wahl 45207 (BH 2502);
 Ithaca, Fleming Meadow, 3 Jun 1893, Wiegand (BH 2505);
 McLean, Round Marshes, 30 May 1896, Wiegand (BH 2113);
 Dryden, Round Marshes (Gracie's Swamp), Mud Pond, 31 May 1914, Wiegand 1838 (BH 2501);


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