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Scandinavian Sedge - Carex norvegica

Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SU

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General Description
Caespitose. Stems erect, 5–15 cm. Leaves basal and lower-cauline; blades ca. 2 mm wide. Inflorescence of 2 to 4 short-pedunculate, ascending spikes forming a loose cluster; lowest bract as long or shorter than the inflorescence. Spikes 4 to 10 mm long, all similar; uppermost bisexual with male flowers basal; lower all female. Perigynia erect, bronze below, blackish above, elliptic, ca. 2 mm long, including the serrulate beak <0.5 mm long; stigmas 3. Female scales blackish with pale margins, shorter or equal to the perigynia. Achene 3-sided, nearly filling the perigynium (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
Greenland to ON, Europe, disjunct in Carbon and Park counties, MT (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 9

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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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