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Woolly Sedge - Carex pellita
Other Names:  Carex lanuginosa

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5
C-value: 4


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General Description
Rhizomatous. Stems erect, 20–80 cm, tufted. Leaves: basal bladeless; cauline blades 2–5 mm wide, flat. Inflorescence of 3 to 5 well-separated, sessile spikes; the lowest bract greater than the inflorescence. Spikes unisexual, erect to ascending; the uppermost 1 or 2 male, linear; the lower female, 1–4 cm long, cylindric. Perigynia spreading to ascending, green to purplish, ovoid or obovoid, pilose, 3–4 mm long with a beak ca. 1 mm long with spreading teeth ca. 0.5 mm long; stigmas 3. Female scales ovate, purplish with a pale midstripe, acuminate or awned, nearly as long as the perigynia. Achene 3-sided, filling the perigynium (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range

Year-round
 


Range Comments
Throughout North America (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 112

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Habitat
Wet mineral soil of wet meadows, marshes, often around streams, ponds; 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.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Ament, R.J. 1995. Pioneer Plant Communities Five Years After the 1988 Yellowstone Fires. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 216 p.
    • Boggs, K. W. 1984. Succession in riparian communities of the lower Yellowstone River, Montana. M.S. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman, 107 pp.
    • Clark, D. 1991. The effect of fire on Yellowstone ecosystem seed banks. M.Sc. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman. 115 pp.
    • Culver, D.R. 1994. Floristic analysis of the Centennial Region, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman. 199 pp.
    • Eggers, M.J.S. 2005. Riparian vegetation of the Montana Yellowstone and cattle grazing impacts thereon. M.Sc. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. 125 p.
    • Johnson, T. W. 1982. An analysis of pack and saddle stock grazing areas in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. M.Sc.Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 105 p.
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