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Inflated Sedge - Carex vesicaria
Other Names:  Carex exsiccata

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 5

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General Description
Caespitose from short rhizomes. Stems erect, 20–60 cm. Leaves basal and cauline; blades 3–7 mm wide. Inflorescence of 3 to 6 separate to overlapping spikes; the lowest bract greater than the inflorescence. Spikes unisexual, ascending; the uppermost 1 to 3 male, linear; the lower female, 2–5 cm long, subsessile to short-pedunculate, cylindric. Perigynia ascending to erect, green to purplish, lanceoloid to ovoid, often partly inflated, glabrous, 6–8 mm long tapered to a beak 2–3 mm long; stigmas 3. Female scales acuminate, brown with a pale midstripe and margins, awn-tipped, smaller than the perigynia. Achene 3-sided, much smaller than the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 438

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Marshes, wet meadows, shores, wetlands that dry later in the summer; valleys, montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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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.
    • Miller, J.G. 1978. An ecoligical study of creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis Moench.) in Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 154 p.
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