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

Carex peckii Howe
Peck's sedge
Cyperaceae (Sedge family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial, loosely tufted herb from short, spreading rhizomes; stems 10-60 cm tall, clustered, much longer than the leaves, reddish-purple at the bases.
Sheaths tight, persistent; blades flat, channeled towards the tips, smooth or somewhat rough, borne on the lower 1/3 of the stem, 1-1.5 mm wide, the lower ones slightly reduced.
Spikes 3 or 4, the terminal one unstalked, 10-13 mm long, with male flowers, the lower spikes 2 or 3, few-flowered, with female flowers, unstalked, erect to spreading; bracts subtending the female spikes leaflike, sheathless, from shorter than to longer than the inflorescence, the upper bracts reduced.
Perigynia elliptical to egg-shaped, 3-4 mm long, 1-1.5 mm wide, greyish or yellowish-green, convex, grey stiff-hairy, with 2 prominent marginal nerves, the bases short-stalked, the beaks short, 0.4-0.5 mm long, bidentate; female scales egg-shaped and pointed or sometimes short-awned, shorter than the perigynia, reddish-brown, with lighter midribs and translucent margins; stigmas 3; achenes 3-angled, smooth, 1.5-2 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry to mesic open forests in the montane zone; locally frequent in E BC south of 57degreeN; E to PQ and NS and S to ME, MA, PA, IN, IA, NE and CO.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Carex peckii

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) 658 875 1880
Slope Gradient (%) 0 6 27
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
58 112 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 4 6
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: BAFA(1), BWBS(1), ESSF(1), IDF(3), SBPS(1), SBS(32)


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 albicans Willd. ex Spreng.
Carex nigromarginata var. elliptica (Boott) Gleason
Carex nigromarginata var. minor (Boott) Gleason

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