Northern Bog Sedge - Carex gynocrates
Carex dioica var. gynocrates
MNPS Threat Rank
Long-rhizomatous. Stems erect to ascending, 3–20 cm. Leaves mainly basal; blades ca. 0.5 mm wide. Inflorescence a solitary bractless spike. Spike ovoid, 6–15 mm long; male flowers above female (sometimes all female). Perigynia spreading to reflexed at maturity, glabrous, narrowly ovoid, ribbed, 2.5–4 mm long, dark brown, with a distinct, curved, entire beak ca. 0.5 mm long; stigmas 2. Female scales tan-hyaline, shorter but wider than the perigynia. Achene 2-sided, filling the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Lesica (2012) treats this species as Carex dioica
(Wormsk. ex Drejer) Hulten.
Wet, often calcareous, organic soil of fens, seeps, streambanks; montane, lower subalpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)