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Dusky-seed Sedge - Carex pelocarpa
Other Names:  Carex nova var. pelocarpa

Native Species

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 7

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General Description
Caespitose. Stems erect, 5–45 cm. Leaves basal and lower-cauline; blades 1–4 mm wide. Inflorescence of 3 to 4, sessile spikes forming a tight globose cluster; lowest bract inconspicuous. Spikes 5–12 mm long, similar; male flowers basal. Perigynia ascending, shiny, purplish with green edges, circular, 2.5–3.5 × 1.5–2 mm with a short, distinct, entire beak; stigmas 3. Female scales blackish, narrower and ca. as long as the perigynia. Achene 3-sided, much smaller than the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
OR, ID, MT, 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: 4

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Dusky-seed Sedge — Carex pelocarpa.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from