Taxon  Report   1550    
Carex fracta  Mack.
Fragile sheath sedge,  Fragile sheathed sedge
Carex fracta
© 2008 Dean Wm. Taylor,Ph.D.
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Carex fracta
© 2006 Steve Matson
Carex fracta
© 2002 Steve Matson
Carex fracta, 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 fracta
© 2008 Keir Morse
Genus: Carex
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest

Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Serpentine affinity: 2.6; (strong indicator)

Habitat: meadows

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Carex amplectens
More information about  Carex fracta
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 20, 2019).