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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.
Stem 12 m, stout
Inflorescence: lower spikelets staminate at tip, stalked, erect; pistillate flower bract gold to red-brown, margin generally white, awn hairy
Pistillate flower: style bent, tough, not jointed to fruit, persistent
Fruit: perigynia 150300 per spikelet, spreading, 35 mm, 1.51.8 mm wide, body obovate, 2-ribbed, with few or 0 veins on faces, abruptly narrowed above, glabrous or hairy, glaucous, green, red-dotted, beak 0.10.8 mm, often bent, tip dark, teeth < 0.5 mm, straight; fruit 22.6 mm, 11.3 mm wide
Ecology: Waterways, serpentine or not
Elevation: < 600 m.
Bioregional distribution: Central Coast, South Coast
Distribution outside California: Baja California
Resembles small cattails
Horticultural information: WET: 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.
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