Calflora
Taxon  Report   1528    
Carex capitata  L.
Capitate sedge
Carex capitata
© 2002 Steve Matson
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Carex capitata
© 2003 Steve Matson
Carex capitata, a monocot, is a perennial grasslike herb that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Carex capitata
© 2003 Steve Matson
Family: CYPERACEAE  
Genus: Carex
Subspecies and Varieties:
Communities: Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, Alpine Fell-fields, wetland-riparian

Wetlands:
Arid West: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Habitat: meadows, slopes

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Carex capitata ssp. arctogena
ICPN: Carex capitata ssp. capitata
More information about  Carex capitata
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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 (CACA13)

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: Dec 18, 2018).