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Hair-like Sedge - Carex capillaris

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5
C-value: 8


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General Description
Caespitose. Stems erect, 2–40 cm. Leaves mainly basal; blades 1–3 mm wide. Inflorescence of 2 to 5 arching-pedunculate spikes; the lowest bract shorter than the inflorescence. Spikes: the uppermost male, ca. 5 mm long; the lower female, 4–12 mm long, cylindric. Perigynia spreading to ascending, green to tan, narrowly ovoid, glabrous, 2.5–3.5 mm long with a beak ca. 0.5 mm long; stigmas 3. Female scales pale with a darker midstripe, shorter and ca. as wide as the perigynia. Achene 3-sided, nearly filling the perigynium (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
Circumboreal south to CA, UT, NM, SD and NY (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 79

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Habitat
Wet, usually organic soil of stream banks, wet meadows, fens, turf, montane to alpine (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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    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
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