Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
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).
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