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Northern Meadow Sedge - Carex praticola
Other Names:  Carex platylepis

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Densely caespitose. Stems erect, 20–60 cm. Leaves: basal blades absent; cauline blades 1–4 mm wide. Inflorescence of 3 to 7 sessile, overlapping spikes, aggregated above, separate below; lowest bract inconspicuous. Spikes ovoid, 5–12 mm long, ascending, all similar; female flowers above, male below. Perigynia ascending, green to tan, lanceolate, flattened, wing-margined, 3.5–5.5 × 1.5–2 mm, tapered to the beak, 1.5–2.5 mm long, serrulate below, entire above; stigmas 2. Female scales bronze with a pale midvein and margins, exposing only the tip of the perigynia. Achene 2-sided, a little smaller than the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
AK to Greenland south to CA, NV, UT, CO, SD and IL (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 17

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Relative Density



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

Moist to wet meadows, moist forest, woodlands; plains, valleys to lower subalpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Ament, R.J. 1995. Pioneer Plant Communities Five Years After the 1988 Yellowstone Fires. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 216 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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