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Small-head Sedge - Carex illota


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
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USFS:
BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 7

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General Description
Caespitose. Stems erect, 5–35 cm. Leaves basal and cauline; blades 1–2 mm wide. Inflorescence of 3 to 6 sessile spikes congested in a dense globose head; lowest bract short. Spikes 4–7 mm long, all similar, female flowers above male. Perigynia ascending to spreading, dark brown, lanceolate, thin-margined, 2.5–3.5 × ca. 1 mm including the 0.5 mm long, entire beak; stigmas 2. Female scales ovate, purplish brown, shorter and narrower than the perigynia. Achene 2-sided, nearly filling the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Present
 


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

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 14

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Habitat
Wet meadows, turf, often along streams or around ponds, lakes; subalpine, alpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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