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Pyrenean Sedge - Carex pyrenaica
Other Names:  Carex micropoda


Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: S4

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MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 7

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General Description
Caespitose. Stems erect, 3–20 cm with old leaf sheaths at the base. Leaves: basal blades absent; cauline crowded near the base; blades <1 mm wide. Inflorescence a solitary bractless spike. Spike lanceolate, 6–20 mm long; male flowered portion 2–4 mm long; female flowers below. Perigynia ascending, spreading at maturity, lanceolate, green to bronze, 2–2.5 mm long not including the distinct pedicel, tapered to an indistinct, entire beak; stigmas 3. Female scales brown to purple with hyaline margins and an indistinct midstripe, nearly concealing the perigynia at first but eventually deciduous. Achene 3-sided, nearly filling the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Circumpolar south to OR, UT and CO (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Habitat
Moist to dry, well-drained soil of meadows, fellfields, rocky slopes; alpine, rarely lower (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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