Carex gravida Bailey

Locations ofCarex gravida Bailey in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Carex gravida Bailey
Common Name
Heavy Sedge
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Carex gravida Bailey
Two varieties - var. gravida and var. lunelliana (Mackenzie) F.J. Hermann - have been recognized in the past but are lumped without comment in FNA. Application of these concepts to Virginia material has proven problematic, even to experts who have examined it. FNA considers this primarily Midwestern species native, at least in southwestern VA, where it occurs on limestone and dolomite. Populations in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain can be in exceptionally weedy habitats and are assumed to be introductions.
Fields, pastures, clearings, roadsides, and other dry, open habitats. Infrequent in the mountains; rare elsewhere. Likely native only in the Ridge and Valley region, from Scott Co. north to Rockbridge Co.
Native Status

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