Taxon  Report   1610    
Carex pachystachya  Cham. ex Steud.
Chamisso sedge,  Thick headed sedge
Carex pachystachya
© 2003 Steve Matson
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Carex pachystachya
© 2003 Steve Matson
Carex pachystachya
© 2003 Steve Matson
Carex pachystachya, 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 pachystachya
© 2008 Steve Matson
Genus: Carex
Communities: North Coastal Coniferous Forest, Douglas-Fir Forest, Yellow Pine Forest, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Carex festiva var. gracilis
PLANTS: Carex pachystachya var. monds-coulteri
PLANTS: Carex pachystachya var. gracilis
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More information about  Carex pachystachya
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
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 17, 2019).