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Hood's Sedge - Carex hoodii

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5
(see State Rank Reason below)

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Common and widespread in montane areas. Grows well in recently grazed areas.
General Description
Densely caespitose. Stems erect, 20–70 cm. Leaves: basal bladeless; cauline blades 1–3 mm wide. Inflorescence of 4 to 8 sessile spikes, densely clustered into a globose to ovoid head; lowest bract short. Spikes 5–8 mm long, all similar; male flowers above female. Perigynia ascending to spreading, brown with green margins, ovate, narrowly wing-margined, 3.5–5 × 1.5–2 mm; the serrulate beak, bidentate, 1–1.5 mm long; stigmas 2. Female scales brown with a green midstripe and hyaline margins, just shorter and narrower than the perigynia. Achene 2-sided, smaller than the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
BC to SK south to CA, NV, UT, CO and SD (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 228

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Grasslands, meadows, open forests; plains, valleys to lower subalpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).)

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Ament, R.J. 1995. Pioneer Plant Communities Five Years After the 1988 Yellowstone Fires. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 216 p.
    • Hodgson, J.R. 1970. Ecological distribution of Microtus montanus and Microtus pennsylvanicus in an area of geographic sympatry in southwestern Montana. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 65 p.
    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Seipel, T.F. 2006. Plant species diversity in the sagebrush steppe of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 87 p.
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