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Smooth-stem Sedge - Carex laeviculmis


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
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MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 6

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General Description
Densely caespitose. Stems erect, 15–70 cm. Leaves basal and cauline; blades 1–2 mm wide. Inflorescence of 3 to 6 sessile, well-separated spikes; lowest bract shorter than the inflorescence. Spikes 4–6 mm long, all similar; female flowers above, male below. Perigynia ascending, green, ovate, 2.5–3.5 mm long tapered to the weakly serrulate beak, 0.5–1 mm long; stigmas 2. Female scales ovate, white to tan with a green midvein, shorter but as wide as the perigynia. Achene 2-sided, filling the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
AK south to CA, ID and WY (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Habitat
Wet meadows, thickets, forest openings; montane, lower subalpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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