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Copycat Sedge - Carex simulata

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4
C-value: 8


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General Description
Rhizomatous. Stems erect, 15–60 cm. Leaves: basal bladeless; cauline blades 1–2 mm wide. Inflorescence of 4 to 12 overlapping spikes in an oblong to ovoid cluster; lowest bract inconspicuous. Spikes sessile, similar, ascending, ovoid, 5–10 mm long; sometimes unisexual or male flowers above few female. Perigynia erect, broadly ovate, brown, shiny, glabrous, ca. 2 mm long with a beak up to 0.5 mm long; stigmas 2. Female scales ovate, tan with pale margins and midvein, hiding the perigynia. Achene 2-sided, filling the perigynium (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
AB, SK south to CA, AZ and NM (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Habitat
Wet, often organic soil of fens, wet meadows; valleys, montane (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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    • Culver, D.R. 1994. Floristic analysis of the Centennial Region, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman. 199 pp.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2022. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants, Second Edition. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 779 p.
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