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Northern Meadow Sedge - Carex praticola
Other Names:  Carex platylepis

Native Species

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


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General Description
Densely caespitose. Stems erect, 20–60 cm. Leaves: basal blades absent; cauline blades 1–4 mm wide. Inflorescence of 3 to 7 sessile, overlapping spikes, aggregated above, separate below; lowest bract inconspicuous. Spikes ovoid, 5–12 mm long, ascending, all similar; female flowers above, male below. Perigynia ascending, green to tan, lanceolate, flattened, wing-margined, 3.5–5.5 × 1.5–2 mm, tapered to the beak, 1.5–2.5 mm long, serrulate below, entire above; stigmas 2. Female scales bronze with a pale midvein and margins, exposing only the tip of the perigynia. Achene 2-sided, a little 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
AK to Greenland south to CA, NV, UT, CO, SD and IL (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 18

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Habitat
Moist to wet meadows, moist forest, woodlands; plains, valleys to lower subalpine (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.
    • Clark, D. 1991. The effect of fire on Yellowstone ecosystem seed banks. M.Sc. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman. 115 pp.
    • Whitehead, B.K. 2020. The response of parafluvial soils to beaver mimicry restoration in a montane stream. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 114 p.
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