Palish Sedge - Carex pallescens
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This species may be introduced in Montana, thus its status is uncertain at this time. Occurrences in British Columbia are reported to be of introduced origin. This taxa is otherwise native to eastern North America.
Palish Sedge is a clumped perennial with flowering stems 15-75 cm high. Leaves are pale green, flat, 2-5 mm wide, and the lower have long, spreading hairs. 3-5 spikes are borne on the top of the stem. The terminal spike is made up of male flowers, and the lateral spikes are thick-cylindrical, 0.5-2.2 cm, on short stalks and made up of female flowers. Scales are acute and about the same length as perigynia. Perigynia are rounded on top, without a beak, and nerveless or faintly nerved. Each periygnium has 3 styles and a lens-shaped achene.
Fruiting in late June - early July.
Distinguished from Carex torreyi by the rounded perigynium top, lack of a beak and lack of a strongly-ribbed surface. A hand lens or microscope are needed for positive identification.
Known from Ravalli County; AB to MB south to CO, SD, WI and QC to NL south to OH, NY, Eurasia (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
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Moist woodland margins.
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- Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.