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Jepson Interchange (more information)
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Annual or perennial herb, often rhizomed, often of wet open places, generally monoecious; roots fibrous, hairy
Stem generally 3-sided
Leaves often 3-ranked; sheath generally closed; ligule generally 0; blade (0) various, parallel-veined
Inflorescence: spikelets variously clustered; flowers generally sessile in axil of flower bract
Flower small, generally wind-pollinated; perianth 0 or bristle-like; stamens generally 3, anthers attached at base, 4-chambered; ovary superior, 1-chambered, 1-ovuled, style 23-branched
Fruit: achene, generally 3-sided
Genera in family: ± 110 genera, 3600 species: worldwide, especially temp
Reference: [Tucker 1987 J Arnold Arbor 68:361445]
Difficult: taxa differ in technical characters of inflorescence and fruit.
Perennial, cespitose or from rhizomes, generally monoecious
Stem generally sharply 3-angled, generally solid
Leaves 3-ranked, generally glabrous except generally scabrous on midrib, margin; sheath closed, back (blade side of stem) green, ribbed, front generally thin, translucent, forming generally U-shaped mouth at top
Inflorescence: spikelets generally severalmany, arrayed in raceme, panicle, or head-like cluster, each 1many-flowered, generally subtended by a spikelet bract
Flowers unisexual, each subtended by 1 flower bract; perianth 0
Staminate flower: stamens generally 3
Pistillate flower enclosed by perigynium (sac-like bract); perigynium body 23-sided or round, wall generally delicate; perigynium beak tip open, often notched; style 1, generally deciduous, stigmas 24, exserted
Etymology: (Latin: cutter, from sharp leaf and stem edges)
Reference: [Standley 1985 Syst Bot Monogr 7:1106]
Fully mature perigynia needed for identification, so are described under "FR" (long-persistent perigynia are often atypical); perigynium "front" faces spikelet axis; "fruit" refers to achene body (excluding beak). "Shredding" lower leaf sheath fronts become a network or fringe of veins; some others shred longitudinally only. Difficult because of many species and minute key characters; longer key statements and descriptions are designed to enhance both ease and probability of correct identification. Group descriptions are assumed in specific descriptions
Horticultural information: Many species especially those with rhizomes are INVASIVE. This is one of the most effective genera for knitting moist or wet soil.
(Group 6) Long-rhizomedSee the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
Leaf: blades 210 mm wide, basal minute
Inflorescence: lateral spikelets 1.88 cm, 58 mm wide, stiff, straight on long, nodding stalks, tip generally staminate, base ± truncate; lowest spikelet bract > inflorescence; pistillate flower bract tip often white, awned
Fruit: perigynium ascending to spreading, 2.24 mm, 1.52.8 mm wide, ± veined, papillate, brown, dull, wall very thick, very tough, beak 00.3 mm, tip glabrous, notch shallow or 0; fruit indented 1.72.5 mm, 1.21.8 mm wide, often deeply indented on 1 or both sides, wide-stalked
Ecology: Brackish areas
Elevation: ± 0 m.
Bioregional distribution: North Coast, Central Coast
Distribution outside California: to Alaska, e N.America, Eurasia
Hybridizes with C. aquatilis var. dives.
Horticultural information: TRY; STBL.