Carex arenaria

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Carex arenaria L.

Cyperaceae

Life form: grass
Usage: economic plant

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Arrangement: alternate
Leaves:

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: nut

165B / 92481f 

Inflorescence: spike

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Commelinidae
Superordo:
Juncanae
Ordo:
Cyperales

Carex arenaria, commonly known as sand sedge, is a grass.

Naming

Carex arenaria was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Carex arenaria is a species in the genus Carex which contains approximately 2264 to 2485 species and belongs to the family of the Cyperaceae (Sedge Family). The type species of the genus is Carex hirta.

Characteristics

Growth

The grasses reach heights of 15 to 60 centimetres.

Leaves

Carex arenaria has simple leaves that are alternate. The leaves are linear, entire and have parallel venation.

Flowers and Fruits

Carex arenaria produces spikes of brown flowers from May to October.

The grasses produce nuts.

Root System

Distribution

Carex arenaria is native to the Iberian Peninsula, France, the British Isles, Northern Europe, Germany, Poland and the European Russia (Belarus, the Ukraine, Moldova, Crimea) and is naturalized in North America.

Cultivation

The grasses tolerate temperatures down to -18°C (USDA zone 7).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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