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Woolgrass - Scirpus cyperinus

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3

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General Description
Caespitose. Stems 80–120 cm, clustered on short rhizomes. Leaves: blades 2–6 mm wide; basal sheaths brown. Inflorescence open-cymose with spikelets clustered at tips of short or long peduncles. Spikelets 3–5 mm long. Scales ca. 1.5 mm long, brown; tip rounded to acute. Flowers: bristles 6, contorted, smooth, white, longer than the scales; stigmas 3. Achene 2- or 3-sided, whitish, 0.5–1 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
MB to NS south to TX, AL, FL, Mexico, disjunct and perhaps introduced in WA, OR, and Sanders County, MT (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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  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., K. Lackschewitz, J. Pierce, S. Gregory and M. O'Brien. 1986. Noteworthy collections: Montana. Madrono 33:310-312.
    • Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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