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

Carex buxbaumii Wahlenb.
Buxbaum's sedge (club sedge)
Cyperaceae (Sedge family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Carex buxbaumii
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Species Information

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Perennial, tufted herb from slender, creeping rhizomes; stems 30-80 cm tall, exceeding the leaves.
Sheaths purplish-red towards the bases; blades flat, 2-4 mm wide, the lower ones reduced, the old sheaths breaking in a feather-like pattern.
Spikes usually 2 to 5, the terminal spikes with both female and male flowers, the female ones towards the tips, the lower spikes 1 to 4, with female flowers, short-stalked, 0.6-3 cm long, erect; bracts subtending the spikes short-sheathing, leaflike, about equalling the inflorescence.
Perigynia elliptical, 3-4 mm long, 1.5-2 mm wide, bluish-green, finely nerved, the beaks obscure, less than 0.3 mm long; female scales lanceolate, nearly as long as to longer and narrower than the perigynia, awn-tipped, reddish-black, roughly pimpled; stigmas 3; achenes 3-angled, granular, 1.5-1.7 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Bogs, fens, wet shrublands, thickets, shorelines and meadows in the lowland and montane zones; frequent in WC and S BC, absent from N BC except the extreme NW; circumpolar, N to AK and YT, E to NF and S to ME, MA, NJ, PA, SC, TN, AR, KS, CO, UT, NV and CA; Eurasia, Australia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Carex buxbaumii

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) 130 1042 1595
Slope Gradient (%) 0 0 5
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
35 100 220
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
5 7 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: CWH(3), ESSF(6), ICH(11), IDF(1), MS(5), SBS(4)


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 adelostoma Krecz.

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