(Black Sedge)


Carex ebenea, Crystal Lakes, Summit Co. 5806


Carex ebenea, Miner’s Creek, Frisco, Summit Co. 6054/6056

Scientific Name Carex ebenea USDA PLANTS Symbol CAEB
Common Name Black Sedge, Ebony Sedge ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 39580
Family Cyperaceae (Sedge) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (9000 to 13500 ft.); along streams, meadows and in exposed rocky areas and tundra.
Plant: Upright perennial with dense tufts of basal leaves; culms 7 to 20 inches tall.
Foliage: Flat, linear basal leaves, 3 to 4 per culm, 4 to 11 inches long and 1/8-inch wide.
Inflorescence: Dense ovoid cluster of 6 to 12 spikelets 1/2-inch long; dark brown-black scales; pistillate (female) flowers above.
Bloom period: July to September.
Reference: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G. K. Guennel and SEINet
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