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Payson's Sedge - Carex paysonis
Other Names:  Carex tolmiei

Native Species

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: S4S5
C-value: 4


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General Description
Short-rhizomatous. Stems erect, 10–50 cm with dried leaves at the base. Leaves basal and lower-cauline; blades 2–5 mm wide. Inflorescence of 3 to 6, ascending, overlapping spikes; lowest bract shorter than the inflorescence. Spikes: upper 1 or 2 male or bisexual with male flowers above, 10–25 mm long; lower female, short-pedunculate, 5–25 mm long, ovoid to cylindric. Perigynia ascending, whitish below, purplish above, glabrous, flattened, broadly ovate, 2.5–4 × 1.5–2.5 mm with a minute beak; stigmas 3. Female scales lanceolate, blackish with an indistinct midstripe, narrower but as long as the perigynia. Achene 3-sided, much smaller than the perigynium (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range

Year-round
 


Range Comments
BC, AB south to OR, UT and WY (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 96

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Habitat
Moist to wet meadows, turf, often where snow lies late; subalpine, alpine, more common higher (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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    • Aho, Ken Andrew. 2006. Alpine and Cliff Ecosystems in the North-Central Rocky Mountains. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 343 p.
    • Forcella, F. 1977. Flora, chorology, biomass and productivity of the Pinus albicaulis-Vaccinium scoparium association. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 99 pp.
    • Parks, J.C. 1986. Plant materials for use on disturbed alpine areas in Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 57 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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