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Raynolds' Sedge - Carex raynoldsii

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Caespitose with old leaves at the base. Stems erect, 15–80 cm. Leaves basal and lower-cauline; blades 2–8 mm wide. Inflorescence of 3 to 6 pedunculate to subsessile, ascending, separate to overlapping, oblong to ovoid spikes. Spikes unisexual; terminal spike male, 6–15 mm long; lower female, 1–2 cm long. Perigynia green to yellowish, obovoid, inflated, 3–4 × 1.5–2.5 mm, with a distinct, bidentate beak <0.5 mm long; stigmas 3. Female scales purplish-black, shorter, narrower than the perigynia. Achene 3-sided, smaller than the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
BC to SK south to CA, 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: 165

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Citation for data on this website:
Raynolds' Sedge — Carex raynoldsii.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from