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Fescue Sedge - Carex brevior


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
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USFS:
BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Caespitose. Stems erect, 20–80 cm. Leaves: basal blades absent; cauline blades 2–3 mm wide. Inflorescence of 3–6 sessile spikes, overlapping or aggregated into a capitate to elongate head; lowest bract inconspicuous. Spikes 5–10 mm long, all similar; female flowers above, male below. Perigynia erect, glabrous, green to tan, orbicular, flattened, wing-margined, 3.5–5 × 2–3 mm including the distinct beak, 1.5–2.5 mm long, serrulate to the tip; stigmas 2. Female scales tan with a white to green midvein and hyaline margins, narrower and shorter than the perigynia. Achene 2-sided, smaller than the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
BC to QC south to WA, AZ, NM, TX, MS and GA (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 30

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Habitat
Moist grasslands, meadows, woodlands; plains, valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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