Carex glaucescens

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Common Names: Southern Waxy Sedge; Blue Sedge[1]

Carex glaucescens
Carex glaucescens AFP.jpg
Photo by the Atlas of Florida Plants Database
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida - Moncots
Order: Cyperales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Carex
Species: C. glaucescens
Binomial name
Carex glaucescens
Natural range of Carex glaucescens from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes




C. glaucescens is a perennial graminoid in the Cyperaceaea family that is native to North America. [1]


C. glaucescens is found in the southeastern United States. [1]



Common habitats for C. glaucescens is wetlands such as cypress and pine swamps, burned wetland pine savannas, and other swampy wetlands. [2]

C. glaucescens is considered an indicator species of common wetland habitats. [3]

Specimens of C. glaucescens have been collected from habitats such as wet pine flatwoods, wet sands of sypress pond swamps, burned over cypress gum swamps, pine wetlands, wet roadside ditch, edge of creek on pine savanna, and marshy shore of lakes. [4]


C. glaucescens has been observed to flower in July, with some instances of earlier and later flowering during the rest of the summer months. [5]

Conservation and Management

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 USDA Plant Database
  2. FSU Herbarium
  3. Carr, S. C., et al. (2010). "A Vegetation Classification of Fire-Dependent Pinelands of Florida." Castanea 75(2): 153-189.
  4. URL: Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: Cecil Slaughter, R. Kral, R.K. Godfrey, L.P. Gilespie, P.L. Redfearn, Robert L. Lazor, Steve L. Orzell. Edwin L. Bridges, R.R. Smith, Sidney McDaniel, Jean W. Wooten, A. F. Clewell, E.A. Hebb, Gil Nelson, A. Gholson Jr., Loran Anderson, R.A. Norris, Rodie White, Marc Minno, Albert B. Pittman, Kathy A. Boyle, Sudie Thomas, Herrick H. K. Brown, Richard Carter. States and counties: Florida (Flager, Madison, Jefferson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Gulf, Leon, Wakulla, Holmes, Washington, Calhoun, Franklin, Jackson, Walton, Gadsden, Escambia, Osceola, Baker, Hamilton) Georgia (Clinch, Grady, Thomas, Lowndes), South Carolina (Richland) North Carolina (Dare, Tyrrell)
  5. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 16 MAY 2018