Jepson eFlora: Taxon page
Vascular Plants of California
Key to families | Table of families and genera
Previous taxon Index to accepted names and synonyms:
| A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M |
| N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |
Next taxon

Isolepis carinata

Higher Taxonomy
Family: CyperaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Annual, perennial herb, often rhizomed or stoloned, often of wet open places; roots fibrous; monoecious, dioecious, or flowers bisexual. Stem: generally 3-sided, generally solid. Leaf: generally 3-ranked; base sheathing, sheath generally closed, ligule generally 0; blade (0 or) linear, parallel-veined. Inflorescence: spikelets generally arranged in head-, spike-, raceme-, or panicle-like inflorescences; flower generally sessile in axil of flower bract, enclosed in a sac-like structure (perigynium) or generally not. Flower: unisexual or bisexual, small, generally wind-pollinated; perianth 0 or generally bristle like; stamens generally 3, anthers attached at base, 4 chambered; ovary superior, chamber 1, ovule 1, style 2--3(4)-branched. Fruit: achene, 2--3 sided.
Genera In Family: +- 100 genera, 5000 species: especially temperate. Note: Difficult; taxa differ in technical characters of inflorescence, fruit. In Carex and Kobresia, what appear to be individual pistillate flowers in fact are highly reduced inflorescences (whether or not the same applies to staminate flowers is still under debate). In some other works (e.g., FNANM) these are called spikelets, and they are treated as being arranged in spikes. Here and in TJM (1993), what appear to be individual pistillate flowers are called pistillate flowers in Carex (and they are treated as being arranged in spikelets), but spikelets in Kobresia (and they are treated as being arranged into spikes). Though internally inconsistent, the approach here is consistent with traditional usage, and reflects a preference for character states that may be determined in the field. Molecular, morphological, and embryological evidence indicates that Eriophorum crinigerum is to be segregated to a new genus, as Calliscirpus criniger (A. Gray) C.N. Gilmour et al., along with a second, newly described species, Calliscirpus brachythrix C.N. Gilmour et al. (Gilmour et al. 2013); key to genera modified by Peter W. Ball to include Calliscirpus.
eFlora Treatment Author: S. Galen Smith, except as noted
Scientific Editor: S. Galen Smith, Thomas J. Rosatti, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: IsolepisView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, cespitose, rhizomed or not. Stem: simple, cylindric, <= 0.5 mm diam, not hollow. Leaf: basal, spiraled, 1--few; blade vestigial to >> sheath, <= 1 mm wide; ligule 0. Inflorescence: terminal, head-like, inflorescence bracts 1--2, 2--33 mm, leaf-like; spikelets 1--3(15), +- ovate, +- flat or not, many-flowered, 1--10 mm, 1--2 mm wide; flower bracts spiraled, each with 1 flower in axil, ovate, membranous, tip entire, generally short-awned. Flower: bisexual; perianth 0; stamens 1--3, anthers >= 0.6 mm; style 1, thread-like, base +- enlarged or not, stigmas 2--3. Fruit: +- wide-obovate, generally +- white to dark brown, minute-papillate, prominent-ridged lengthwise, or smooth, mucronate; tubercle 0.
Species In Genus: 69 species: temperate, subtropics, +- worldwide, especially Africa, Australia. Etymology: (Greek, isos, equal, similar, and lepis a flower bract)
eFlora Treatment Author: S. Galen Smith
Reference: Muasya et al. 2007 Novon 17:59
Unabridged Reference: Muasya et al. 2006 Novon 16:19--20; Smith 2002 FNANM 23:137--140; Musaya & Simpson 2002 Kew Bull 57:257--362
Isolepis carinata Hook. & Arn. ex Torr.
Habit: Annual 1--25 cm. Leaf: 1. Inflorescence: inflorescence bract 5--33 mm; flower bracts often clasping shed fruit, basal <= 2.5(5) mm, awn <= 2 mm, others 1.8--2 mm, awn 0.2--0.5 mm. Flower: stigmas 3. Fruit: 1--1.5 mm, 0.7--1 mm wide, +- as deep as wide, 3-sided, sides concave, not ribbed, fine- to obscure-papillate.
Ecology: Often drying wet places in grassland, rock barrens, open woodland; Elevation: < 800 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCo, NCoRO, CCo, SnFrB; Distribution Outside California: southeastern United States. Flowering Time: Spring
Synonyms: Isolepis carinata Hook. & Arn. ex Torr.; Isolepis koilolepis Steud.; Scirpus koilolepis (Steud.) Gleason; Scirpus carinatus (Hook. & Arn. ex Torr.) A. Gray, illeg.
Jepson eFlora Author: S. Galen Smith
Reference: Muasya et al. 2007 Novon 17:59
Index of California Plant Names (ICPN; linked via the Jepson Online Interchange)

Previous taxon: Isolepis
Next taxon: Isolepis cernua

Name Search


Citation for this treatment: S. Galen Smith 2012, Isolepis carinata, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on January 24, 2021.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2021, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on January 24, 2021.

Isolepis carinata
click for enlargement
© 2004 Steve Matson
Isolepis carinata
click for enlargement
© 2004 Steve Matson
Isolepis carinata
click for enlargement
© 2004 Steve Matson
Isolepis carinata
click for enlargement
© 2004 Steve Matson
Isolepis carinata
click for enlargement
© 2004 Steve Matson
Isolepis carinata
click for enlargement
© 2004 Steve Matson

More photos of Isolepis carinata in CalPhotos

Geographic subdivisions for Isolepis carinata:
NCo, NCoRO, CCo, SnFrB
1. You can change the display of the base map and layers by clicking on the layer control box in the upper right-hand corner.
2. California county polygons can be turned off and on in the layer control box.
3. Filling of Jepson subdivision polygons can be turned off and on in the layer control box.
4. Moving the cursor over any numbered cluster will show the range boundary of the included specimens (with a blue polygon).
5. Marker clustering can be turned off by clicking this link:      Marker Clustering OFF
WARNING: Turning this off might cause maps with large numbers of specimens to load slowly.
map of distribution 1
(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).


View elevation by latitude chart

Data provided by the participants of the  Consortium of California Herbaria.
View all CCH records
All markers link to CCH specimen records. The original determination is shown in the popup window.
Blue markers indicate specimens that map to one of the expected Jepson geographic subdivisions (see left map). Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues.

CCH collections by month

Duplicates counted once; synonyms included.
Species do not include records of infraspecific taxa, if there are more than 1 infraspecific taxon in CA.
Blue line denotes eFlora flowering time (fruiting time in some monocot genera).