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Dry-spike Sedge - Carex siccata
Other Names:  Carex foenea [misapplied]

Status Under Review
Native Species

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

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General Description
Rhizomatous. Stems erect, 15–40 cm. Leaves: basal bladeless; cauline blades 1–3 mm wide. Inflorescence of 6 to 12 sessile, loosely aggregated spikes; lowest bract inconspicuous. Spikes all similar, 5–10 mm long, unisexual or bisexual with male flowers above. Perigynia ascending, brown, ovate, 4–6 mm long tapered to the distinct, serrulate, flattened beak, 1–3 mm long; stigmas 2. Female scales brown with a pale midvein and silvery margins, shorter than the perigynia. Achene 2-sided, filling the perigynium (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Known from Carbon County; elsewhere YT to QC south to WA, AZ, NM, IL and PA (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 2

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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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