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Northwestern Showy Sedge - Carex spectabilis


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3S4

Agency Status
USFWS:
USFS:
BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 7

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General Description
Short-rhizomatous. Stems erect, 20–60 cm, loosely tufted. Leaves basal and cauline; basal leaves sometimes bladeless; cauline blades 3–6 mm wide. Inflorescence of 3 to 6 overlapping spikes; lowest bract shorter than the inflorescence. Spikes: uppermost male 1–2 cm long; lower female, pedunculate, ascending, 1–3 cm long, ovoid to cylindric; lowest sometimes arching. Perigynia ascending, green and purplish, glabrous, flattened, narrowly elliptic, 3.5–4.5 × 1.5–2 mm with a distinct beak ca. 0.5 mm long; stigmas 3. Female scales lanceolate, acuminate, blackish with a pale midvein sometime prolonged into an awn tip, as wide and ca. as long as the perigynia. Achene 3-sided, smaller than the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
AK south to CA, UT and WY (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 1

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Habitat
Moist to wet meadows, turf, forest openings; subalpine, rarely alpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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