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Intermediate Sedge - Carex media
Other Names:  Carex norvegica ssp. inferalpina


Global Rank: G5T5
State Rank: S4

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C-value: 8

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General Description
Caespitose. Stems erect, 15–50 cm. Leaves basal and lower-cauline; blades 2–3 mm wide. Inflorescence of 3 to 4 short-pedunculate, ascending spikes forming a loose cluster; lowest bract ca. as long as the inflorescence. Spikes 3–10 mm long, all similar; uppermost bisexual with male flowers basal; lower all female. Perigynia erect, green to bronze-tinged, elliptic, 2–2.5 mm long, including the serrulate beak <0.5 mm long; stigmas 3. Female scales blackish, sometimes with thin, pale margins, shorter than the perigynia. Achene 3-sided, nearly filling the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Circumboreal south to OR, MT, IA and MI (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Habitat
Shores of steams, lakes, wet spruce forest; montane, subalpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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