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Woolly Sedge - Carex pellita
Other Names:  Carex lanuginosa

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Rhizomatous. Stems erect, 20–80 cm, tufted. Leaves: basal bladeless; cauline blades 2–5 mm wide, flat. Inflorescence of 3 to 5 well-separated, sessile spikes; the lowest bract greater than the inflorescence. Spikes unisexual, erect to ascending; the uppermost 1 or 2 male, linear; the lower female, 1–4 cm long, cylindric. Perigynia spreading to ascending, green to purplish, ovoid or obovoid, pilose, 3–4 mm long with a beak ca. 1 mm long with spreading teeth ca. 0.5 mm long; stigmas 3. Female scales ovate, purplish with a pale midstripe, acuminate or awned, nearly as long as the perigynia. Achene 3-sided, filling the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
Throughout North America (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 141

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

Wet mineral soil of wet meadows, marshes, often around streams, ponds; plains, valleys (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.
    • Johnson, T. W. 1982. An analysis of pack and saddle stock grazing areas in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. M.Sc.Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 105 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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