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Presl Sedge - Carex preslii

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR
C-value: 7

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General Description
Cespitose from short thick rootstalks. Culms 2-7 dm tall. The crown with conspicuous scale-like sheaths. Spikes 3-8, gynaecandrous, well-defined, aggregate or the lower separate in a head 1-2 cm long; lower bracts usually only slightly prolonged, the upper scale-like; scales ovate, reddish brown with green midvein and hyaline margines. Perigynia 3.5-4 mm long, ovate, thick, planovconvex, strongly winged, obscurely nerved, abruptly narrowed to a beak about 1 mm long (adapted from: Moss and Packer, 1994, Flora of Alberta, 2nd ed., revised).

Lesica (2012) includes this specis in synonymy of C. pachystachya.

Range Comments
AK to CA, NV, ID, MT, and WY (Kartesz in prep. 2012).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 8

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Dry open slopes.

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • 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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