Carex molestiformis Rezn. & P. Rothr.

Locations ofCarex molestiformis Rezn. & P. Rothr. in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Carex molestiformis Rezn. & P. Rothr.
Common Name
Frightful Sedge
Carex brevior, in part
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Carex molestiformis Rezn. & P. Rothr.
Most C. brevior of Atlas III are this taxon. The species was first described from the Ozark Mountains in 1997 (Contr. Univ. Michigan Herb. 21:299-308), but was subsequently found to apply to largely Appalachian material previously identified as Carex brevior. A detailed account of to geographical range and morphological variation is found in Castanea 76(2):178-182 (2011).
Moist to dry meadows, fields, pastures, open forests, and disturbed alluvial soils; its presumed native habitat appears to have been enhanced by human influences. Infrequent in the mountains but collected in most counties from Bath, Bedford, and Rockbridge counties north; rare in the inner n. and c. Piedmont and one relatively isolated occurrence in Pittsylvania County from the Triassic basin north of Danville, confirmed by Paul Rothrock.
Native Status

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