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Short Sedge - Carex rossii
Other Names:  Carex brevipes, Carex deflexa var. boottii

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 3

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General Description
Rhizomatous. Stems erect, 5–40 cm, tufted. Leaves basal and cauline; blades 1–3 mm wide. Inflorescence of 3 to 6 well-separated spikes; the lowest bract longer than the inflorescence. Spikes unisexual; the uppermost male, linear, 3–12 mm long; the lower female, sessile, 3–15 mm long, with well-separated flowers, pedunculate below, sometimes arising from near the base. Perigynia ascending, green, ellipsoid, pilose, 2.5–4 mm; the bi-dentate beak 0.7–2 mm long; stigmas 3. Female scales often aristate, hyaline-bronze with a green midvein, shorter than 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 Greenland south to CA, AZ, NM, WI, MI and WV (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 559

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