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Needleleaf Sedge - Carex duriuscula
Other Names:  Carex eleocharis, Carex stenophylla


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR

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General Description
Rhizomatous. Stems erect, 4–25 cm, loosely tufted. Leaves: basal bladeless; cauline blades 1–2 mm wide. Inflorescence of 3 to 8 spikes in a dense ovoid cluster; lowest bract inconspicuous. Spikes sessile, similar, ascending, ovoid; 4–7 mm long; male flowers above the few female. Perigynia ascending, ovate, brown, glabrous, 2.5–3.5 mm long tapered to an indistinct serrulate beak 0.5–1 mm long; stigmas 2. Female scales ovate, apiculate, dark brown with hyaline margins, hiding the perigynia. Achene 2-sided, filling the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Lesica (2012) treats this as the species Carex eleocharis L.H. Bailey.

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
AK south to ID, NM, CO, KS and IL (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 43

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Habitat
Dry, often sandy soil of sparsely vegetated or disturbed grasslands, sagebrush steppe; plains, valleys, montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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