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Carex fuliginosa subsp. misandra Schkuhr (R. Br.) Nyman
short-leaved sedge (shortleaved sedge)
Cyperaceae (Sedge family)

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Species Information

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General:
Perennial, densely tufted herb from fibrous roots; stems 5-30 cm tall, much exceeding the leaves.
Leaves:
Sheaths tight; blades numerous, flat or slightly channeled, 1-4 mm wide, the lower ones reduced.
Flowers:
Spikes 2 to 4, the terminal one of both male and female flowers, the female flowers towards the tips, stalked, 1-1.5 cm long, the lower spikes 1 to 3, with female flowers, approximate or more or less separate, nodding, 1-1.5 cm long, long-stalked; bracts subtending the lowest spike with a sheath 0.7-2 cm long and a blade about as long, reduced above, the blade much shorter than the inflorescence.
Fruits:
Perigynia narrowly lanceolate, 3.5-5 mm long, 1-1.2 mm wide, tapering towards the ends, purplish toward the tips, smooth, fringed with hairs above, obscurely few-nerved, the beaks 1.1-1.6 mm long, bidentate; female scales narrowly egg-shaped, shorter but usually wider than the perigynia, pointed, dark purplish-black or dark brown, the margins translucent; stigmas 3; achenes 3-angled with concave sides, 1.5-2 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry meadows and rocky slopes in the alpine zone; rare in N BC; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to PQ and S to CO and UT; Greenland, N Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Ecology

Ecological Framework for Carex fuliginosa ssp. misandra

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)

Site Information
Value / Class

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Elevation (metres) 1590 1600 1610
Slope Gradient (%) 20 24 28
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
164 231 300
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
4 5 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Class
B
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
2
Modal BEC Zone Class
BAFA
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BAFA(2)

Climate

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 misandra R. Br.

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