Carex austrina

Family (Traditional)Cyperaceae
Species:Carex austrina (Small) Mack.
Common NameSouthern Sedge
Growth Habitgraminoid
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: graminoid; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: April; Reproductive Phenology: May; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: sessile; Leaf Rank: 3-ranked; Leaf Type: grass-like; Leaf Venation: parallel; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 0; Anther Type: Basifixed; Base Flower Color: Brown (incl. Maroon); Base Flower Color: Green; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Achene; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: N/A; Perianth Present: No; Petal Fusion: N/A; Pistil Complexity: Compound; Pistil Number: 1; Placentation Type: Basal; Sepal Fusion: N/A; Sepal Number: 0; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A; Stamen Number: 3; Tepal Fusion: N/A; Tepal Number: 0
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StatusNative; AGCP (FACU), EMP (FACU) (NWPL); TN[SNR] (State Rank); G4? (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Carex communis var. wheeleri Carex communis var. wheeleri
Carex pedicellata Carex pedicellata
Carex varia var. pedicellata Carex varia var. pedicellata Dewey

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Cheatham (TN), Clay (TN), Jackson (TN), Loudon (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC, TENN, UCHT, VDB

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 2010 - 2010

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
TENN-V-0046624 Loudon Tennessee
Carex austrina
BRIT158568 Tennessee
Carex austrina
UCHT004465 Cheatham Tennessee 01 Jun 2010 E. Blyveis
Carex austrina
TENN-V-0046625 Loudon Tennessee
Carex austrina
TENN-V-0046620 Jackson Tennessee
Carex austrina
TENN-V-0046621 Jackson Tennessee
Carex austrina
TENN-V-0046619 Jackson Tennessee
Carex austrina
TENN-V-0046618 Clay Tennessee
Carex austrina
TENN-V-0046623 Jackson Tennessee
Carex austrina
TENN-V-0046622 Jackson Tennessee
Carex austrina
APSC0064763 Cheatham Tennessee
Carex austrina
BRIT158569 Tennessee
Carex austrina
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