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Common Beaked Sedge - Carex utriculata
Other Names:  Northwest Territory Sedge, Carex rostrata [misapplied]


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
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USFS:
BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 6

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General Description
Rhizomatous. Stems erect, 50–100 cm. Leaves basal and cauline; blades 4–10 mm wide, yellowish-green, not inrolled. Inflorescence of 4 to 8 well-separated spikes; the lowest bract greater than the inflorescence. Spikes unisexual; the uppermost 1 to 3 male, linear; the lower female, ascending, 2–10 cm long, subsessile to pedunculate, cylindric. Perigynia perpendicular spreading, green to tan, elliptic, inflated, glabrous, 4–6 mm long; the distinct narrow bidentate beak ca. 1.5 mm long; stigmas 3. Female scales acuminate to awned, brown with hyaline margins and pale midvein, 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
Present
 


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

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 342

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Habitat
Abundant in wet soil to standing water of marshes, fens, swamps, around streams, ponds; plains, valleys to subalpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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