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Nard Sedge - Carex nardina

Native Species

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


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General Description
Densely caespitose. Stems erect, 5–15 cm with old leaf sheaths at the base. Leaves mostly basal; blades ca. 0.5 mm wide. Inflorescence a solitary bractless spike. Spike lanceolate, 5–15 mm long; male-flowered portion 2–4 mm long; female flowers below. Perigynia obovate, 3–4 mm long, green to brown, thin-edged, serrulate or ciliate on the margins with a short, entire beak; stigmas 2 or 3. Female scales brown with hyaline margins and a pale midstripe, as wide and long as the perigynia. Achene usually 3-sided, partly to nearly filling the perigynium (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
Circumpolar south to WA, NV, UT and CO (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 23

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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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    • Aho, Ken Andrew. 2006. Alpine and Cliff Ecosystems in the North-Central Rocky Mountains. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 343 p.
    • Saunders, J.K. Jr. 1955. Food habits and range use of the Rocky Mountain goat in the Crazy Mountains, Montana. Journal of Wildlife Management 19(4):429-437.
    • Saunders, J.K., Jr. 1954. A two-year investigation of the food habits and range use of the Rocky Mountain goat in the Crazy Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 22 p.
    • Williams, K.L. 2012. Classification of the grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, forests and alpine vegetation associations of the Custer National Forest portion of the Beartooth Mountains in southcentral Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 376 p.
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