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Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains

62. Cyperaceae, the Sedge Family

2. Carex L. -- Sedge

20. Carex garberi Fern.


Much like C. aurea and perhaps only a variant of it. Culms mostly solitary from slender rhizomes, erect, trigonous, 1.5-3 dm long, exceeding the leaves. Leaves 2-3 mm wide; sheaths white-hyaline ventrally, concave at the mouth. Spikes 2-4 per culm, ascending, the lower ones peduncled; terminal spikes gynaecandrous or some staminate, 8-30 mm long; lateral spikes pistillate, closely spaced or separate, 7-15 mm long; bract subtending the lowest spike short-sheathing the culm and surpassing the inflorescence; pistillate scales brown to purplish with a green midvein, blunt, somewhat shorter than the perigynia. Perigynia whitish-pulverulent at maturity, not turning golden orange, obovoid, 2-3 mm long, 2-ribbed, otherwise inconspicuously nerved, beakless or with a minute tubular beak; achenes lenticular, ca. 1.5 mm long; stigmas 2. Jun--Jul. Wet meadows, seepage areas and boggy places; rare, with records from Burke and McHenry counties, ND; (Que. to B.C., s to VA, ND and OR).
GIF- Distribution Map

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