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Hoary Sedge - Carex canescens


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5

Agency Status
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USFS:
BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 8

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General Description
Caespitose. Stems erect, 10–40 cm. Leaves basal and cauline blades 1–3 mm wide. Inflorescence of 4 to 8 sessile, overlapping to clustered spikes; lowest bract short. Spikes 4–9 mm long, all similar, female flowers above, male below. Perigynia ascending, pale green to light tan, ovate, 2–3 mm long with an indistinct, serrulate beak <0.5 mm long; stigmas 2. Female scales ovate, whitish to green with a green midvein, nearly as long and wide as the perigynia. Achene 2-sided, filling the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Our plants are subspecies canescens.

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
Circumboreal south to CA, AZ, NM, IN and SC (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 18

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Habitat
Wet, usually organic soil of meadows, marshes, fens; montane, lower subalpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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