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Short-leaf Sedge - Carex fuliginosa
Other Names:  Carex misandra

Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3S4
C-value: 5

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General Description
Caespitose. Stems erect, 5–20 cm. Leaves basal and cauline; blades 1–4 mm wide. Inflorescence of 3 to 5 pedunculate spikes; the lowest bract shorter or longer than the inflorescence. Spikes 5–17 mm long, lanceolate, similar, the uppermost bisexual with male flowers below; the lower female, ascending to arching. Perigynia ascending, green to black, narrowly lanceolate, glabrous, 3.5 × 0.5–1 mm, tapered to a serrulate beak 1.5 mm long; stigmas 3. Female scales brown to blackish with a pale midstripe, exposing the periginia beak. Achene 3-sided, nearly filling the perigynium (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
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Range Comments
Circumpolar south to UT and CO (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 7

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  • 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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    • Aho, Ken Andrew. 2006. Alpine and Cliff Ecosystems in the North-Central Rocky Mountains. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 343 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.
    • Williams, K.L. 2012. Classification of the grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, forests and alpine vegetation associations of the Custer National Forest portion of the Beartooth Mountains in southcentral Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 376 p.
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