Calflora
Taxon  Report   1634    
Carex spectabilis  Dewey
Showy sedge
Carex spectabilis
© 2010 Steve Matson
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Carex spectabilis
© 2010 Steve Matson
Carex spectabilis
© 2012 James M. Andre
Carex spectabilis, a monocot, is a perennial grasslike herb that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Plant Characteristics
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Carex spectabilis
© 2008 Dean Wm. Taylor, Ph.D.
Family: CYPERACEAE  
Genus: Carex
Communities: Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, Alpine Fell-fields, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Habitat: meadows, slopes

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN + PLANTS: Carex invisa
PLANTS: Carex nigella
PLANTS: Carex tolmiei
More information about  Carex spectabilis
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (CASP5)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 17, 2018).

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