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Saw-leaved Sedge - Carex scopulorum var. prionophylla
Other Names:  Carex prionophylla

Native Species

Global Rank: G5T3?
State Rank: S3S4

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General Description
Plants loosely cespitose. Leaf blades 3-6 mm wide, sheath front purple-dotted. Inflorescence more or less dense, generally dark purple; lowest internode 5-45 mm long; lateral spikelet 8-30 mm long, 4-6 mm wide, generally erect, stalk 0-15 mm long, tip generally pistillate; lowest spikelet bract < 1/2 length of inflorescencve, more or less like pistillate floral bract; pistillate floral bract obtuse to acute. Fruit: Perigynia 8-50 per spikelet, ascending to spreading, 2-4 mm, 1.2-2.3 mm wide, unveined, papillate, generally purle above, beak 0.1-0.3 mm, glabrous, tip notched < 0.1 mm; fruit 1.2-1.9 mm long, 0.9-1.5 mm wide, dull (Mastrogiuseppe, 1993, in The Jepson Manual).

Range Comments
BC, AB to MT, south to CA, NV, UT, CO, and possibly AZ (Kartesz 2009).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 20

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

Wet or moist meadows and shores of streams and lakes, moderate elevations in mosit mountains (Cronquist, 1964, Vasc. Pl. Pac. Northwest).

  • 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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