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
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Carex molestiformis Rezn. & P. Rothr.
Most plants previously called "Carex brevior" and mapped under that name in 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 its 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 northward; apparently rare in the Piedmont, but possibly spreading in some areas.
Native Status

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