Sunday, June 14, 2015

Morgan-Monroe Carex Selection

Last Sunday, I had the privilege of botanizing at Morgan-Monroe with some excellent botanists. I tried to take detailed notes, pictures, and to remember everything. Alas, it is still a work in progress.

Staminate spikes seem to get no love. C. careyana

The reddish base of C. careyana.

The hidden spikes of C. digitalis.  The male scales appear to be acute, not obtuse like in C. cumberlandensis.

Overall plant picture of C. laxiflora.

The gracefully drooping spikes of C. gracillima.

The reddish bases of C. gracillima.

The fuzzy perigynia of C. hirtifolia.

The fuzzy stem and leaves of C. hirtifolia.

C. hitchcockiana has a hairy sheath and grows on slopes.

C. laxiculmis has wide, glaucous leaves.

The perigynia of C. laxiculmis has an angular beak, and the male flower in an 'empty' scale at the base of the spike.

C. plantaginea has crinkly leaves.

I think C. plantaginea is very attractive.

C. platyphylla has wide, glaucus leaves.

One big, showy sedge was C. torta, growing in clumps right in the stream. It apparently has very deep and strong roots to grow where it does.

C. torta has dark scales and flowers early. It is related to C. emoryi and C. stricta.

C. virescens has hairy perigynia.

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