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Sartwell's Sedge - Carex sartwellii

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3S4
C-value: 7

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General Description
Rhizomatous. Stems erect, 40–100 cm. Leaves: basal bladeless; cauline sheaths, green-stripped opposite the blades that are 2–5 mm wide. Inflorescence of numerous, sessile spikes, congested in an elongate cluster; lowest bract shorter than the inflorescence. Spikes 5–10 mm long, all similar; unisexual or male flowers above female. Perigynia ascending, ovate, brown to green, glabrous, 3–4 mm tapered to the indistinct, serrulate beak, 0.5–1 mm long; stigmas 2. Female scales tan with hyaline margins, shorter than the perigynia (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
NT south to ID, CO, MO and NY (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 7

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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.
  • 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.
    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
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