Carex rostrata Stokes

First published in W.Withering, Bot. Arr. Brit. Pl. ed. 2. 2: 1059 (1787), nom. cons.
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Subarctic & Temp. Eurasia, Subarctic America to N. U.S.A. It is a perennial or rhizomatous geophyte and grows primarily in the temperate biome.


Native to:

Alaska, Albania, Alberta, Altay, Austria, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, British Columbia, Bulgaria, Central European Rus, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, East European Russia, Finland, France, Føroyar, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Inner Mongolia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Kamchatka, Kazakhstan, Khabarovsk, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Labrador, Magadan, Maine, Manchuria, Manitoba, Michigan, Minnesota, Mongolia, Montana, Netherlands, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, Newfoundland, North Caucasus, North European Russi, Northwest European R, Northwest Territorie, Norway, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Poland, Primorye, Québec, Romania, Saskatchewan, South European Russi, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Transcaucasus, Turkey, Ukraine, Washington, West Himalaya, West Siberia, Wisconsin, Yakutskiya, Yugoslavia, Yukon


Homotypic Synonyms

Heterotypic Synonyms

Accepted Infraspecifics

POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Amini Rad, M. (2006). New taxa records of Carex from Iran. Rostaniha 7: 139-140.
  • Castroviejo, S. & al. (eds.) (2008). Flora Iberica 18: 1-420. Real Jardín Botánico, CSIC, Madrid.
  • Chang, C.S., Kim, H. & Chang, K.S. (2014). Provisional checklist of vascular plants for the Korea peninsula flora (KPF): 1-660. DESIGNPOST.
  • Douglas, G.W., Meidinger, D. & Penny, J.L. (2002). Rare Native Vascular Plants of British Columbia, ed. 2: 1-358. Province of British Columbia.
  • Govaerts, R. & Simpson, D.A. (2007). World Checklist of Cyperaceae. Sedges: 1-765. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Jermy, C., Simpson, D., Foley, M. & Porter, M. (2007). Sedges of the British Isles. B.S.B.I. Handbook No. 1, ed. 3: 1-554. Botanical Society of the British Isles, London.
  • Koopman, J. (2011). Carex Europaea. The Genus Carex L. (Cyperaceae) in Europe 1: 1-726. Margraf publishers,Weikersheim, Germany.
  • Mirek, Z., Piękoś-Mirkowa, H., Zając, A. & Zając, M (2020). Vascular plants of Poland an annotated checklist: 1-526. W. Szafer institute of botany, Polish academy of sciences, Krakow, Poland.
  • Takhtajan, A.L. (ed.) (2006). Konspekt Flora Kavkaza 2: 1-466. Editio Universitatis Petropolitanae.
  • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2010). Flora of China 23: 1-515. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Kozhevnikov, A.E., Kozhevnikov, Z.V., Kwak, M. & Lee, B.Y. (2019). Illustrated flora of the Primorsky Territory, Russian Far East: 1-1124. National institute of biological resources.

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Apr 23, 1903 s.coll. [s.n.] K000960509 Unknown type material Yes
Brenner, M.M.W. [s.n.], Krasnoyarsk K000960637 Yes
Richardson, J. [s.n.], Canada K001079122 Yes
Sartwell, H.P. [153], New York K001079121 Yes
Richardson, J. [s.n.], Canada K001079119 lectotype Yes
Drummond, T. [s.n.], Canada K001079120 Unknown type material Yes


  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    • Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2022 World Checklist of Vascular Plants.
  • Kew Living Collection Database

    • Common Names from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Living Collection
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants.