Drooping woodland sedge

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.

Scientific name: Carex arctata Boott ex Hook.

Common name(s): drooping woodland sedge, drooping wood sedge

Link(s): USDA PLANTS Profile, NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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– perennial

-leaves of the flowering stems are more narrow than vegetative stems

-stem leaf blade is 3-5 mm in width

– may be confused with C. debilis, but need ripe fruit to determine differences; see left sidebar on Go Botany webpage






Go Botany. “Carex Arctata Boott in Hook.” Carex Arctata (Drooping Woodland Sedge): Go Botany, 2021, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/carex/arctata/.

Eric T. Doucette, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Biology, MA College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA (updated Feb 2018)