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Soft Sedge - Carex tenera

Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3S4
C-value: 6

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General Description
Caespitose. Stems erect, 20–80 cm. Leaves: basal blades absent; cauline blades 2–3 mm wide. Inflorescence somewhat nodding, of 4 to 8 sessile, well-separated spikes. Spikes 4–8 mm long, all similar; female flowers above male. Perigynia erect, green to brown, ovate, narrowly wing-margined, 3.5–4 × 1.5–2 mm long gradually tapering to the indistinct, serrulate beak, 1–1.5 mm long; stigmas 2. Female scales pale tan with hyaline margins, shorter than the perigynia. Achene 2-sided, just smaller than the perigynium (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1

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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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