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Woodrush Sedge - Carex luzulina var. ablata

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Native Species

Global Rank: G5T4T5
State Rank: S4

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General Description
Plants cespitose or short-rhizomed. Leaf blades 1.5-6 mm wide. Upper spikelets of inflorescence sometimes clustered, lateral generally purple, the sides more or less deeply jagged, the tip tapered. Pistillate floral bract dark purplse, midstripe generally less than 0.2 mm wide, generally not to tip; tip acute. Perigynium ascending, 3-4.5 mm long, 0.9-1.5 mm wide, mostly purple, more or less stalked, the body more or less filled by the fruit (Mastrogiuseppe, 1993, The Jepson Manual).

Range Comments
BC to MT and WY, south to CA.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 5

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Meadows and other wet areas.

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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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.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2022. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants, Second Edition. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 779 p.
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