Carex deweyana Schwein.

round-fruited short-scaled sedge

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New England Distribution

Adapted from BONAP data

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North America Distribution

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Facts About

Round-fruited short-scaled sedge gets its specific name (deweyana) from Chester Dewey (1784-1867), a botanist, educator, and minister in Massachusetts and New York.

Habitat

Forest edges, forests

Characteristics

Habitat
terrestrial
New England state
  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
stem leaf blade width
0.6–4.2 mm
Lowest bract sheath
the lowest bract has no sheath (or a very short sheath up to four millimeters in length)
Spike on stalk
the lowest spike on the plant is not borne on a peduncle
Top spike
the uppermost spike contains both staminate and carpellate flowers, with the staminate flowers located below the carpellate flowers
Perigynium hairs
the perigynium has no hairs
Perigynium length
4–5.2 mm
Leaf sheath color
the leaf sheath has no pink, red or purple tinting
Leaf blade texture
the leaf blade is smooth and hairless, or rough and sandpapery
Perigynium beak teeth
  • the perigynium beak is divided at the top into two teeth
  • the perigynium beak is not divided at the tip into two teeth, or the teeth are very tiny
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  • Flowers
    Anther length
    1.8–2.2 mm
    Bumps on fruit
    there are no papillae on the perigynium surface
    Inflorescence length
    12–56 mm
    Length of scale
    the scale is shorter than the perigynium
    Lowest spike length
    5.2–13 mm
    Lowest spike stalk length
    0 mm
    Lowest spike width
    2.1–6.9 mm
    Perigynium beak
    the perigynium has a beak
    Perigynium beak length
    1.4–2.1 mm
    Perigynium beak orientation
    the beak of the perigynium is straight, and in line with the perigynium
    Perigynium beak serrations
    the perigynium beak has tiny serrations along the edges
    Perigynium beak teeth
    • the perigynium beak is divided at the top into two teeth
    • the perigynium beak is not divided at the tip into two teeth, or the teeth are very tiny
    Perigynium beak teeth length
    Up to 0.2 mm
    Perigynium color
    • green
    • tan
    Perigynium cross-section
    the perigynium is planoconvex (flat on one surface and rounded on the other) in cross-section
    Perigynium hairs
    the perigynium has no hairs
    Perigynium length
    4–5.2 mm
    Perigynium nerve number
    0–10
    Perigynium nerve texture
    NA
    Perigynium nerves lower side
    0–5
    Perigynium nerves upper side
    0–5
    Perigynium orientation
    the perigynia are oriented vertically or pressed against the axis or adjacent perigynia
    Perigynium puffy
    the achene is tightly enclosed by the perigynium
    Perigynium shape
    • the perigynium body is lanceolate (lance-shaped; widest below the middle and tapering at both ends)
    • the perigynium body is ovate (egg-shaped)
    Perigynium width
    1.3–1.6 mm
    Perigynium winged
    the perigynium has no wings
    Pollen- and seed-producing spikes
    some of the spikes produce perigynia
    Pollen-producing spike length
    0 mm
    Pollen-producing spike number
    0
    Pollen-producing spike peduncle length
    0 mm
    Pollen-producing spike width
    0 mm
    Scale awn
    the carpellate scale has an awn on it
    Scale awn texture
    the carpellate scale awn has tiny teeth
    Scale color
    • tan
    • white or translucent
    Scale length
    2.8–4.2 mm
    Scale tip
    the carpellate scale tip is acuminate (tapered to a narrow point)
    Spike on stalk
    the lowest spike on the plant is not borne on a peduncle
    Spike orientation
    the spikes are oriented vertically or pressed against the axis
    Spikes per stem
    2-15
    Staminate scale tip
    • the staminate scale tip is acuminate (tapered to a narrow point)
    • the staminate scale tip is acute (has a sharp point)
    Stigma branching
    the stigmas have two branches
    Top spike
    the uppermost spike contains both staminate and carpellate flowers, with the staminate flowers located below the carpellate flowers
  • Fruits or seeds
    Achene dimples
    the achene has no folds or dimples
    Achene length
    1.8–2.2 mm
    Achene width
    1.2–1.5 mm
    Style persistence
    the style falls off the mature achenes
  • Growth form
    Rhizomes
    • there are long rhizomes present
    • there are no rhizomes, or the rhizomes are very short
  • Leaves
    Leaf arrangement
    the leaves are all produced from the base of the plant
    Leaf blade cross-section
    The leaf blade is folded lengthwise, with one prominent midvien
    Leaf blade texture
    the leaf blade is smooth and hairless, or rough and sandpapery
    Leaf bumps
    the upper surface of the leaf blade does not have papillae
    Leaf sheath bumps
    there are no papillae at the top edge of the leaf sheath
    Leaf sheath color
    the leaf sheath has no pink, red or purple tinting
    Leaf sheath dots
    there are no dots on the leaf sheathes
    Leaf sheath folds
    there are no corrugations on the leaf sheath
    Leaf sheath texture
    the leaf sheath feels smooth, and has no hairs
    Ligule length
    0.9–2.2 mm
    Lowest bract sheath
    the lowest bract has no sheath (or a very short sheath up to four millimeters in length)
    Lowest leaf blade width
    2.4–4.2 mm
    Lowest leaf sheath texture
    the leaf sheath feels smooth (it may have soft hairs)
    stem leaf blade width
    0.6–4.2 mm
  • Place
    Habitat
    terrestrial
    New England state
    • Connecticut
    • Maine
    • Massachusetts
    • New Hampshire
    • Vermont
    Specific habitat
    • edges of forests
    • forests
  • Stem, shoot, branch
    Plant height
    14–101 cm
    Relative stem height
    the main stem is taller than the leaves
    Spike internode length
    6–34 mm
    Stem cross-section
    the main stem is roughly triangular in cross-section
    Stem spacing
    the stems grow close together in compact clusters or tufts

Wetland Status

Usually occurs in non-wetlands, but occasionally in wetlands. (Wetland indicator code: FACU)

New England Distribution and Conservation Status

Distribution

Connecticut
present
Maine
present
Massachusetts
present
New Hampshire
present
Rhode Island
present
Vermont
present

Conservation Status

Exact status definitions can vary from state to state. For details, please check with your state.

Massachusetts
unranked (S-rank: SNR)

var. deweyana

Massachusetts
widespread (S-rank: S5)

Native to North America?

Yes

Sometimes Confused With

Carex bromoides:
widest leaf blades 1.3-3.1 mm wide and perigynia with 4-8 prominent veins on inner surface (vs. C. deweyana, with the widest leaf blades 2.4-4.2 mm wide and perigynia without veins or with 1-4 obscure veins on the inner surface).

Family

Cyperaceae

Genus

Carex

Notes on Subspecies and Varieties in New England

Our variety is Carex deweyana Schwein. var. deweyana.

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Information from Dichotomous Key of Flora Novae Angliae

64.  Carex deweyana Schwein. var. deweyana N

round-fruited short-scaled sedge. CT, MA, ME, NH, VT. Deciduous and mixed evergreen-deciduous forests and forest edges. This species was reported from RI by Kartesz (1999), 
based on George (1992); however, George (1999) stated this species could be in RI
(i.e., the author is unaware of any collections).