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Porcupine Sedge - Carex hystericina

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4
C-value: 5


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General Description
Short-rhizomatous. Stems erect, 20–80 cm, loosely tufted. Leaves basal and cauline; blades 3–8 mm wide. Inflorescence of 2 to 5 well-separated spikes; the lowest bract equal to or greater than the inflorescence. Spikes pedunculate, arching to ascending; the terminal male, linear, 1–3 cm long; the lower female, 1–4 cm long, cylindric. Perigynia ascending to reflexed, green to tan, narrowly ovate, veiny, glabrous, 4–6 mm long including a distinct beak, 2–2.5 mm long; stigmas 3. Female scales brown, awn-like, serrulate, narrower and shorter than the perigynia. Achene 3-sided, much smaller than the perigynium (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
BC to QC south to UT, NM, TX, AR and VA. (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 8

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Habitat
Wet meadows, marshes, thickets, often around streams, springs; plains, valleys (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.
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