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Short-leaf Sedge - Carex fuliginosa
Other Names:  Carex misandra

Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 5

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General Description
Caespitose. Stems erect, 5–20 cm. Leaves basal and cauline; blades 1–4 mm wide. Inflorescence of 3 to 5 pedunculate spikes; the lowest bract shorter or longer than the inflorescence. Spikes 5–17 mm long, lanceolate, similar, the uppermost bisexual with male flowers below; the lower female, ascending to arching. Perigynia ascending, green to black, narrowly lanceolate, glabrous, 3.5 × 0.5–1 mm, tapered to a serrulate beak 1.5 mm long; stigmas 3. Female scales brown to blackish with a pale midstripe, exposing the periginia beak. Achene 3-sided, nearly filling the perigynium (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 4

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Short-leaf Sedge — Carex fuliginosa.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from