Saw-leaved Sedge - Carex scopulorum var. prionophylla
Plants loosely cespitose. Leaf blades 3-6 mm wide, sheath front purple-dotted. Inflorescence more or less dense, generally dark purple; lowest internode 5-45 mm long; lateral spikelet 8-30 mm long, 4-6 mm wide, generally erect, stalk 0-15 mm long, tip generally pistillate; lowest spikelet bract < 1/2 length of inflorescencve, more or less like pistillate floral bract; pistillate floral bract obtuse to acute. Fruit: Perigynia 8-50 per spikelet, ascending to spreading, 2-4 mm, 1.2-2.3 mm wide, unveined, papillate, generally purle above, beak 0.1-0.3 mm, glabrous, tip notched < 0.1 mm; fruit 1.2-1.9 mm long, 0.9-1.5 mm wide, dull (Mastrogiuseppe, 1993, in The Jepson Manual).
BC, AB to MT, south to CA, NV, UT, CO, and possibly AZ (Kartesz 2009).
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Wet or moist meadows and shores of streams and lakes, moderate elevations in mosit mountains (Cronquist, 1964, Vasc. Pl. Pac. Northwest).
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- Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.