Carex lucorum

Family (Traditional)Cyperaceae
Species:Carex lucorum Willd. ex Link
Common NameBlue Ridge Sedge
Growth Habitgraminoid
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Natural Area Presence: GM; Natural Area Presence: GRSM; Natural Area Presence: LULA; Natural Area Presence: NCCGSNA; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: graminoid; Moisture Requirements: Xeric; Moisture Requirements: Sub-xeric; Moisture Requirements: Dry-mesic; Moisture Requirements: Mesic; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: May; Reproductive Phenology: June; 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; G5T5 (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


No synonyms exist for this species.

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: Washington (KY), Wolfe (KY), Carter (TN), Morgan (TN), Polk (TN), Rhea (TN), Van Buren (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: EKY, ETSU, HTTU, TENN, UOS, VDB

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1992 - 2017

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
HTTU027747 Rhea Tennessee
Carex lucorum
HTTU027748 Rhea Tennessee
Carex lucorum
HTTU027746 Rhea Tennessee
Carex lucorum
UOS06831 Van Buren Tennessee 17 May 2001 Chris A. Fleming
Carex lucorum
BRIT169953 Tennessee
Carex lucorum
31234100056561 Morgan Tennessee 01 May 2006 Dwayne Estes
Carex lucorum
31234100056546 Washington Kentucky 04 May 1992 Landon E. McKinney
Carex lucorum
31234100777729 Wolfe Kentucky 28 Apr 2017 Thomas McFadden
Carex lucorum
TENN-V-0049454 Polk Tennessee
Carex lucorum
BRIT169952 Tennessee
Carex lucorum
BRIT169951 Tennessee
Carex lucorum
BRIT169954 Tennessee
Carex lucorum
ETSU033352 Carter Tennessee
Carex lucorum
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