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Large-fruited Kobresia - Kobresia sibirica
State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Rare in Montana. Only known in the state from a small area of the Beartooth Plateau.
- Details on Status Ranking and Review
Score2-3 - Very Small to Small: Population size is imprecisely known but is believed to be <10,000 individuals.
Score1 - Peripheral, Disjunct or Sporadic Distribution in MT: Widespread species that is peripheral, disjunct or sporadically distributed within MT such that it occurs in <5% of the state (<7,500 sq. miles or the combined area of Beaverhead and Ravalli Counties) or is restricted to 4-5 sub-basins.
Area of Occupancy
Score3 - Very Low: Generally occurring in 3 or fewer Subwatersheds (6th Code HUC’s).
Score2 - High: Species is restricted to a highly specialized and limited habitat and is typically dependent upon unaltered, high-quality habitat (C Values of 8-10).
Score0-3 - Population trends are unknown.
Score0-1 - Low to Medium.
Score0-1 - Low to Moderate Vulnerability.
Raw Conservation Status Score
8 to 14 total points scored out of a possible 19.
Stems 5–15 cm. Leaves inrolled, ca. 0.5 mm wide; basal bladeless. Inflorescence 1–2 cm long, a solitary spike; bracts 5–6 mm long. Spikelets: upper male, 1-flowered; lower bisexual, 1- to 3-flowered. Perigynia light brown, 3.5–5 mm long. Achenes 2.5–4 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX
Fruit matures in late July-August.
This species could be confused with Kobresia bellardii, Carex elynoides, or Carex scirpoidea, which have narrower spikes, usually less than 4 mm wide. The former two species occur in drier habitats.
Circumpolar south to CO (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
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Moist tundra, solifluction slopes, and gravelly lake shores in the alpine zone.
Ecological Systems Associated with this Species
- 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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- Fertig, W. and M. Bynum. 1994. Biological report on the proposed Twin Lakes Research Natural Area. Unpublished report to the Shoshone National Forest. Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, Laramie, Wyoming. 33 pp. plus appendices.
- Lesica, P. 1993. Vegetation and flora of the Line Creek Plateau area, Carbon County, Montana. Unpublished report to USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. Montana Natural Heritage Program, Helena, Montana. 30 pp.
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