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Small-wing Sedge - Carex microptera
Other Names:  Carex festivella


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
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USFS:
BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Densely caespitose. Stems erect, 15–90 cm. Leaves basal and cauline; blades 1–5 mm wide. Inflorescence of 4 to 10 sessile spikes densely clustered into a globose to ovoid head; lowest bract scale-like. Spikes 4–10 mm long, all similar; female flowers above male. Perigynia ascending, green to brown, narrowly ovate, flattened, wing-margined, 3–4.5 × 1–1.5 mm, the beak, 1–1.5 mm long, serrulate below, entire above; stigmas 2. Female scales brown sometimes with a pale midstripe and margins, shorter but nearly as wide as the perigynia. Achene 2-sided, much smaller than the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
YT south to CA, AZ, NM and SD (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 16

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Habitat
Moist to wet meadows, grasslands, shores of streams, lakes, occasionally open forest, pastures; valleys to alpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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