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Mud Sedge - Carex limosa


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3S4

Agency Status
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USFS:
BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 9

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General Description
Long-rhizomatous with yellow roots. Stems erect, 12–40 cm. Leaves: basal bladeless; cauline blades 0.5–2 mm wide. Inflorescence of 2 or 3 well-separated spikes; the lowest bract shorter than the inflorescence. Spikes mostly unisexual; the uppermost male, linear, 10–35 mm long; the lower female, arching-pedunculate, 8–25 mm long, cylindric. Perigynia ascending, green to tan, elliptic, glabrous, 2–4 mm with a tiny beak; stigmas 3. Female scales ovate, coppery, acute to apiculate, ca. as long as the perigynia. Achene 3-sided, nearly filling the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
Circumboreal south to CA, NV, UT, WY, IA and NY (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 89

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Habitat
Wet, organic soils of fens in the montane zone.

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