E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Carex lachenalii Schkuhr
two-parted sedge (hare's-foot sedge; twotipped sedge)
Cyperaceae (Sedge family)

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Species Information

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Perennial, somewhat tufted herb from elongate fibrous roots; stems dark green, 5-25 cm tall, longer than the leaves.
Sheaths tight; blades numerous, borne on the lower part of the stem, 1.5-2 mm wide, flat.
Spikes 3-6 in a 0.5- to 1.5-cm long, dense head, occasionally with the lowermost spike separate, egg-shaped, several-flowered, 2-3 mm long, ascending, with both female and male flowers, the female flowers towards the tips, the male flowers inconspicuous, the top spike larger than the lower ones; bracts lacking.
Perigynia egg-shaped, 2.5-3 mm long, 0.8-1 mm wide, brownish, minutely whitish-dotted, biconvex, smooth, nerved, especially above, unstalked, the beaks 0.25 mm long, smooth, not cleft; female scales egg-shaped, covering most of the perigynia, pointed, green, with green midribs; stigmas 2; achenes lens-shaped, 1.5 mm long, filling the perigynia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to moist streambanks, snowbeds, rocky places and fens and bogs in the subalpine and alpine zones; infrequent throughout BC in and E of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to CO and UT; Greenland, Eurasia, New Zealand.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Carex lachenalii

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 224 1712 2324
Slope Gradient (%) 0 8 47
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
10 332 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 5 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(3), BAFA(23), ESSF(18), ICH(1), IMA(2), MH(1), MS(2), SBPS(1), SBS(1), SWB(3)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Carex bipartita auct. non All.
Carex bipartita var. austromontana F.J. Herm.
Carex lagopina
Carex tripartita

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