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

Carex pellita Muhl. ex Willd.
woolly sedge
Cyperaceae (Sedge family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial, tufted herb from long, creeping rhizomes; stems 30-110 cm tall, arising singly or a few together, shorter than the leaves, dark red at the bases.
Sheaths tight, breaking into threads at the base; blades 2 to 5 per stem, flat, with margins flat or nearly so, borne on lower 1/2 of the stems, 2-5 mm wide, the lower ones reduced; ligules long, membranaceous.
Spikes 3 to 5, the terminal 2 (sometimes 1 or 3) linear, 1-2.5 cm long, long-stalked, with many male flowers, the lower spikes 2 to 3, cylindrical, with female flowers, unstalked to short-stalked, erect; bracts subtending the lowest spike leaflike, sheathless or short-sheathing, the lowest usually longer than the inflorescence.
Perigynia egg-shaped to nearly globe-shaped, 3.3-5 mm long, 1.8-2 mm wide, dull brownish-green, somewhat inflated, densely soft-hairy, the numerous ribs obscured, the bases round, unstalked, the beaks 0.8-1.5 mm long, deeply bidentate, the teeth 0.3-0.9

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Ditches, streambanks, swamps, marshes and wet meadows in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; common in S BC, absent on N Vancouver Island, the Queen Charlotte Islands and adjacent mainland; E to NF and S to TN, TX, NM and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Carex pellita

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)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 25 954 1795
Slope Gradient (%) 0 0 15
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
99 114 345
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
5 6 8
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: BG(12), BWBS(1), CWH(1), ESSF(7), ICH(1), IDF(25), MS(8), PP(8), SBPS(5), SBS(9)


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 lanuginosa auct. non Michx.
Carex lasiocarpa var. latifolia (Boeckeler) Gilly

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