Short-pointed Flatsedge - Cyperus acuminatus
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Rare in Montana, where it is currently known from only 2 collections in the western portion of the state.
Caespitose annual. Stems ascending to erect, 2–5 cm. Leaves basal, 0.5–1 mm wide, U-shaped in cross-section. Inflorescence of hemispheric spikes of sessile spikelets. Spikelets flattened, 3–7 mm long. Scales acuminate, yellowish, 1–2.5 mm long, 3-veined with short ascending tips. Flowers: stamen 1; style 3-branched. Achene narrowly obovate, 3-sided, brown, ca. 1 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Fruit mature in August-September.
Cyperus acuminatus may be distinguished from other annual members of the genus by its globose heads, solitary stamen, and short-pointed (rather than long) flower bracts, which have only 3 veins.
Throughout the U.S., Mexico. Known from Cascade and Sanders counties (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
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Wet soil of pond margins, lakes, and sloughs in the valleys and on the plains.
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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.