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Sartwell's Sedge - Carex sartwellii

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 7

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General Description
Rhizomatous. Stems erect, 40–100 cm. Leaves: basal bladeless; cauline sheaths, green-stripped opposite the blades that are 2–5 mm wide. Inflorescence of numerous, sessile spikes, congested in an elongate cluster; lowest bract shorter than the inflorescence. Spikes 5–10 mm long, all similar; unisexual or male flowers above female. Perigynia ascending, ovate, brown to green, glabrous, 3–4 mm tapered to the indistinct, serrulate beak, 0.5–1 mm long; stigmas 2. Female scales tan with hyaline margins, shorter than the perigynia (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
NT south to ID, CO, MO and NY (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 3

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Sartwell's Sedge — Carex sartwellii.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from