Page author: David Giblin
Carex capitata
capitate sedge

Distribution: Occurring in northwestern and north-central Washington near the Canadian border; Alaska south to California and Nevada (but not in Oregon), east to the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. and east across Canada to the Atlantic Coast; circumboreal.

Habitat: Alpine slopes.

Flowers: July-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Threatened in Washington (WANHP)


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Accepted Name:
Carex capitata L.
Publication: Syst. Nat. ed. 10. 2: 1261. 1759. 1759.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Carex arctogena Harry Sm.
Carex capitata L. ssp. capitata [KZ99]
Carex capitata L. var. arctogena (Harry Sm.) Hultén
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Carex capitata in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Carex capitata checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Carex capitata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Carex capitata photos.

USDA Plants: Carex capitata information.

2 photographs:
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