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Softleaf Sedge - Carex disperma


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
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USFS:
BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 6

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General Description
Rhizomatous. Stems erect, 10–50 cm, somewhat tufted. Leaves basal and lower-cauline; blades 1–3 mm wide. Inflorescence of 2 to 6 sessile, remote to overlapping spikes, bractless. Spikes 2–5 mm long, all similar; few male flowers above the female. Perigynia 1 to 3 per spike, spreading to ascending, green to tan, red-veined, glabrous, elliptic, 2–3 mm long with an obscure beak; stigmas 2. Female scales ovate, hyaline with a tan midvein, shorter and narrower than the perigynia. Achene 2-sided, filling the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Present
 


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

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 59

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Habitat
Wet, organic soil, often beneath shrubs, in swamps, fens, wet coniferous forest; valleys, montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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