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Parry's Sedge - Carex parryana

Native Species

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: S3S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 5

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General Description
Rhizomatous. Stems erect, 15–40 cm, tufted. Leaves: basal and lower-cauline; blades 2–4 mm wide. Inflorescence of 2 to 4 subsessile, erect, overlapping spikes; lowest bract shorter than the inflorescence. Spikes cylindric; uppermost, male or bisexual with male flowers below, 1–2 cm long; lower all female, 5–20 mm long. Perigynia erect, green to purplish, papillose, ellipsoid, 1.5–2.5 mm long; beak serrulate, <0.5 mm long; stigmas 3. Female scales ovate, brown with a pale midstripe and hyaline margins, concealing the perigynia. Achene 3-sided, filling the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
AK to ON south to 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: 31

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

Moist to wet, often alkaline or saline meadows, often along streams; plains, valleys, montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P. 1998. Conservation status of Carex parryana ssp. Idahoa in Montana. Unpublished report to Bureau of Land Management. Montana Natural Heritage Program, Helena. 32 pp. plus appendices.
    • Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Pipp, Andrea. 2014. Field Notes from Wetland Mitigation Bank Monitoring at Wing Ranch, Fergus County.
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