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Brownish Sedge - Carex brunnescens

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3S4
C-value: 8


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General Description
Caespitose Stems erect, 20–50 cm. Leaves basal and cauline; blades 1–2 mm wide. Inflorescence of 4 to 8 sessile, well-separated spikes; lowest bract shorter than the inflorescence. Spikes 3–7 mm long, all similar, female flowers above, male below. Perigynia erect to ascending, green to tan, ovate, 2–2.5 mm long with a serrulate beak, ca. 0.5 mm long; stigmas 2. Female scales ovate, green to tan with a dark midvein and hyaline margins, shorter but nearly as wide as the perigynia. Achene 2-sided, filling the perigynium (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Our plants are subspecies brunnescens.

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
Circumboreal south to OR, UT, WI and AL (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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Habitat
Wet meadows, seeps, often in cedar forests; montane (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

References
  • 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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    • 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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