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Cusick's Sedge - Carex cusickii

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4
C-value: 7

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General Description
Caespitose. Stems erect, 30–90 cm. Leaves: basal bladeless; cauline sheaths coppery opposite the blades that are 3–5 mm wide. Inflorescence of numerous, sessile spikes, congested on cylindric, ascending, overlapping branches; lowest bract usually inconspicuous. Spikes 5–8 mm long, all similar; male flowers above female or all female. Perigynia ascending to spreading, lanceolate, brown to green, glabrous, serrulate-margined, 2.5–3.5 mm, tapered to the flattened, grooved beak, 1–1.5 mm long; stigmas 2. Female scales hyaline-brown, lanceolate, hiding the perigynia. Achene 2-sided, filling the perigynium (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
BC south to CA, ID and WY (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 70

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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.
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