Carex rugosperma

Family (Traditional)Cyperaceae
Species:Carex rugosperma Mack.
Common NameParachute 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; 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
C value 7
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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: Estill (KY), Fleming (KY), Menifee (KY), Powell (KY), Carter (TN), Franklin (TN), Sullivan (TN)

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

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1981 - 2018

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
31234100781853 Menifee Kentucky 27 Apr 2018 Thomas McFadden
Carex rugosperma
31234100072287 Fleming Kentucky 03 Jun 1981 Richard H. Hannan
Carex rugosperma
N/A Carter Tennessee 12 Apr 2018 Frosty Levy
Carex rugosperma
N/A Sullivan Tennessee 11 Apr 2017 Frosty Levy
Carex rugosperma
TENN-V-0057092 Powell Kentucky
Carex rugosperma
UOS06871 Franklin Tennessee 25 Apr 2013 D. Estes
Carex rugosperma
31234100064938 Estill Kentucky 21 Oct 1988 Richard G. Guetig
Carex rugosperma
31234100782075 Menifee Kentucky 27 Apr 2018 Thomas McFadden
Carex rugosperma
31234100782018 Menifee Kentucky 27 Apr 2018 Thomas McFadden
Carex rugosperma
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