Description of the genus
Perennial herbs. Culms triangular or rarely rounded. Leaves with prominent long leaf sheaths. Inflorescence usually composed of several cylindric spikes but (in spicato-paniculata) consisting of 1-2 pyramidal panicles arising from upper leaf sheaths. Flowers unisexual, in unisexual or bisexual spikes. In this genus, in addition to the normal glume subtending the flower, the female flowers are enclosed within a utricle, which is beaked above and broad below and hence shaped something like a bottle.
Ovary with 2-3 stigmas protruding from the beak at the tip of the
utricle. Male flowers with usually 3 stamens.
Worldwide: c. 2000 species, cosmopolitan but mainly in temperate cold regions
Zimbabwe: 11 taxa.
Other sources of information about Carex:
Our websites:Flora of Mozambique
: CarexFlora of Zambia
(electronic Plant Information Center): CarexFlora Zambesiaca
web site: CarexGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for CarexIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): CarexKew Herbarium catalogue
: CarexKew Monocotyledon checklist
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Carex.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=293, retrieved 22 September 2014