Alpine Sedge - Carex glacialis
State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Carex glacialis occurs throughout Canada, and has recently been discovered in the United States where it occurs at 4 locations in Montana. It grows in limestone fellfield habitats within the alpine. Populations are few, but appear stable. Surveys are needed to explore potential habitat, map its distribution, and determine population sizes.
- Details on Status Ranking and Review
ScoreD - 1,000-5,000 sq km (~400-2,000 sq mi)
Area of Occupancy
ScoreC - 3-5 4-km2 grid cells
Number of Populations
ScoreA - 1 - 5
Number of Occurrences or Percent Area with Good Viability / Ecological Integrity
ScoreB - Very few (1-3) occurrences with excellent or good viability or ecological integrity
ScoreA - Very narrow. Specialist or community with key requirements scarce
ScoreD - Low
CommentThreat category includes: Climate change & severe weather. Its habitat of fellfields are dynamic places; however, climate change is a potential threat to high elevation sites.
Caespitose. Stems erect, 2–6 cm. Leaves mainly basal; blades < 1 mm wide. Inflorescence of 2 to 4 overlapping spikes; lower bract inconspicuous. Spikes erect, unisexual; the male terminal, 3–5 mm long; the lower female, short-pedunculate, 3–5 mm long. Perigynia spreading, green to purplish-black, obovoid, glabrous, 2–2.5 mm long with a distinct beak ca. 0.5 mm long, loosely aggregated; stigmas 3. Female scales ovate, purplish-black with a hyaline margin and green midvein, shorter than the perigynia. Achene 3-sided, nearly filling the perigynium (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX
Circumpolar south to BC, AB and MT. Known from Flathead and Pondera counties (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
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Threats or Limiting Factors
STATE THREAT SCORE REASON
Threat impact not assigned because threats are not known (MTNHP Threat Assessment 2021).
- 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.