E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Carex feta L.H. Bailey
green-sheathed sedge
Cyperaceae (Sedge family)

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Species Information

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Perennial, tufted herb from fibrous roots; stems 40-120 cm tall, exceeding the leaves.
Sheaths tight, green and strongly veined; blades flat, 2.5-4.5 mm wide, borne on the lower 1/3 of the stem.
Spikes 5 to 15, the lower ones reduced, aggregated into an ellipsoid, 2-8 cm long head, unstalked, with both female and male flowers, the female ones towards the tips; bracts subtending the spikes sheathless, reduced, inconspicuous, except the lowermost sometimes awnlike and 0.5-1 cm long.
Perigynia egg-shaped, 3-3.5 mm long, 1.75-2 mm wide, yellowish-green to brownish, more or less flattened, the margins winged nearly to the bases, the upper 1/2 fringed with teeth, several-nerved on the backs, almost nerveless below, the beaks obliquely cleft, less than 1 mm long, narrowly margined and toothed below; female scales narrowly elliptical, yellowish-green, with translucent margins, somewhat shorter and narrower than the perigynia; stigmas 2; achenes lens-shaped, 1.1 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Ditches, marshes and wet meadows in the lowland and montane zones; rare in SW BC, S to CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Carex feta

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 1080 1450 1820
Slope Gradient (%) 0 1 2
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
225 225 225
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
7 7 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: IDF(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Carex straminea var. mixta L.H. Bailey

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