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Last updated 11/17/2009 by David Giblin.
Carex capitata L.[FNA23, HC, HC2]
capitate sedge

Publication: Syst. Nat. ed. 10. 2: 1261. 1759.

Origin: Native

selected vouchers: Not at WTU; WS?

Notes: FNA says this species does not occur in WA. SPNW shows the range of this species to be well south of Washington. No vouchers at WTU. This species is considered excluded until further evidence appears indicating that it should be included in the Washington flora.

FNA23: "In Scandinavia (L. Reinhammar 1999) and Russia (T. V. Egorova 1999), Carex arctogena is distinguished from C. capitata on ecologic and morphologic grounds and also by allozymes at the rank of species. In North America the distinctions are not clear; two taxa can be observed, but there are also numerous specimens of uncertain determination. When making new collections, it is important to evaluate the differences seen elsewhere and to pay close attention to habitat and habit (see below). Separate status at some rank may be appropriate for the taxon "arctogena" in North America too. If C. antarctogena Roivainen from Tierra del Fuego is placed within C. capitata as D. M. Moore and A. O. Chater (1971) and D. M. Moore (1983) have done, then the species occurs at both the northern and the southern extremes of the Americas.

Carex capitata and C. arctogena differ in habitat (boreal mires versus alpine heaths), habit (mat-forming versus tufted), and morphology of the pistillate scales (much shorter and narrower than perigynia and with narrow hyaline margins versus as long as perigynia and with broad hyaline margins) and perigynia (beak gradually formed and smooth versus beak and may be sparingly serrulate)."

References: (none)

Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Carex arctogena Harry Sm.
Carex capitata L. ssp. capitata[KZ99]
Carex capitata L. var. arctogena (Harry Sm.) Hultén