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Nard Sedge - Carex nardina

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 5

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General Description
Densely caespitose. Stems erect, 5–15 cm with old leaf sheaths at the base. Leaves mostly basal; blades ca. 0.5 mm wide. Inflorescence a solitary bractless spike. Spike lanceolate, 5–15 mm long; male-flowered portion 2–4 mm long; female flowers below. Perigynia obovate, 3–4 mm long, green to brown, thin-edged, serrulate or ciliate on the margins with a short, entire beak; stigmas 2 or 3. Female scales brown with hyaline margins and a pale midstripe, as wide and long as the perigynia. Achene usually 3-sided, partly to nearly filling the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 11

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Nard Sedge — Carex nardina.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from