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Nebraska Sedge - Carex nebrascensis

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Rhizomatous. Stems erect, 8–80 cm. Leaves basal and cauline; blades 3–10 mm wide. Inflorescence of 3 to 6 well-separated spikes; the lowest bract equal to or shorter than the inflorescence. Spikes ascending; the uppermost 1 or 2 male; the lower female, 1–5 cm long, pedunculate, cylindric. Perigynia ascending, green to tan, obovate, 5- to 9-veined, glabrous, 2.5–3.5 mm long with a short divided beak. Female scales acuminate, awn-tipped, dark brown with a pale midstripe, longer and narrower than the perigynia. Achene 2-sided, filling the perigynia (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 329

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Relative Density



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

Wet meadows, marshes, pastures, banks of streams, ponds, tolerant of alkaline and saline soil; plains, valleys, montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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    • Hodgson, J.R. 1970. Ecological distribution of Microtus montanus and Microtus pennsylvanicus in an area of geographic sympatry in southwestern Montana. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 65 p.
    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Martin, D. W. and J. C. Chambers. 2001. Effects of water table, clipping, and species interactions on Carex nebrascensis and Poa pratensis in riparian meadows. Wetlands 21:422-430.
    • Rasmussen, S.M. 1968. Composition and structure of macrophyte vegetation of the Firehole River, Yellowstone National Park as related to physical and chemical factors. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 44 p.
    • Stoecker, R.E. 1967. A population study of five species of small rodents in the Bridger Mountains of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 32 p.
    • Tuinstra, K. E. 1967. Vegetation of the floodplains and first terraces of Rock Creek near Red Lodge, Montana. Ph.D dissertation. Montana State University, Bozeman 110 pp.
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