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Fox Sedge - Carex vulpinoidea

Status Under Review

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 6

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General Description
Caespitose. Stems erect, 40–80 cm. Leaves: basal bladeless; cauline sheaths cross-wrinkled opposite the blades that are 2–6 mm wide. Inflorescence elongate-congetsed, of numerous, sessile spikes, clustered on cylindric, spreading to ascending, overlapping branches subtended by conspicuous linear bracts. Spikes 4–7 mm long, all similar, male flowers above female or all female. Perigynia ascending to spreading, ovate, green to gray, glabrous, 2.5–3.5 mm tapered to the flattened, serrulate beak, 1–1.5 mm long; stigmas 2. Female scales hyaline-tan with a green midvein, awned, as long as but narrower than the perigynia. Achene 2-sided, nearly filling the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
Throughout temperate and boreal North America (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 22

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Fox Sedge — Carex vulpinoidea.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from