Carex species

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Scientific Name Carex ebenea USDA PLANTS Symbol
CAEB
Common Name Black Sedge, Ebony Sedge ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
39580
Family Cyperaceae (Sedge) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine. Exposed areas, rocky areas, tundra.
Plant: Upright perennial to 6 inches tall in loose tufts with old leaves.
Leaves: Three to four flat, linear basal leaves 1/8-inch wide.
Inflorescence: Dense cluster of 6 to 12 spikes 1/2-inch long; dark brown-black scales; pistillate (female) flowers above.
Reference: Descr. adapted from "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G. K. Guennel and SEINet
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Carex scopulorum USDA PLANTS Symbol
CASC12
Common Name Rocky Mountain Sedge ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
39800
Family Cyperaceae (Sedge) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine. Streambanks, wet to moist meadows.
Plant: Upright, clumped, perennial 4 to 26 inches tall. Triangular stems with rough edges, taller than leaves.
Leaves: Flat, linear basal leaves 1/8 to 1/4-inch wide.
Inflorescence: Three or four spikes of many flowers; upper spike has staminate (male) flowers; pistillate (female) flowers below; brown-purple scales; bract below lowermost spike.
Reference: Descr. adapted from EFLORA-BC and SEINet
Note: Two of the images below (4507 and 4403) were thought to be C. saxitilis but are probablay C. scopulorum.
Colorado Status
Native



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