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Pale Bulrush - Scirpus pallidus
Other Names:  Scirpus atrovirens var. pallidus

Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3?
C-value: 4


Agency Status
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General Description
Short-rhizomatous. Stems 50–150 cm. Leaves: blades 6–15 mm wide; basal sheaths white to green. Inflorescence unequally umbellate, of several to numerous, pedunculate, capitate clusters. Spikelets 3–5 mm long. Scales 2–2.5 mm long, blackish with a pale midvein and an awn ca. 0.5 mm long. Flowers: bristles 6, straight or curved, spinulose, ca. as long as the scales; stigmas 3. Achene 2- or 3-sided, whitish, ca. 1 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Phenology
Fruiting in late July and August.

Species Range
Montana Range

Year-round
 


Range Comments
BC to ON south to OR, AZ, NM, TX and MO (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 11

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Habitat
Fresh-water or alkaline marshes, streambanks; plains, valleys (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.
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