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

Carex praticola Rydb.
meadow sedge
Cyperaceae (Sedge family)

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Species Information

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Perennial, tufted herb from fibrous roots; stems triangular, 20-70 cm tall, exceeding the leaves.
Sheaths tight; blades flat, 1.5-3 mm wide, borne on the lower 1/3 of the stem.
Spikes 3 to 7, aggregated into a loose, cylindrical to elliptical head, 1-5 cm long, unstalked, with both female and male flowers, the female ones towards the tips; bracts subtending the spikes sheathless, reduced, inconspicuous, the lowermost sometimes awnlike.
Perigynia narrowly egg-shaped, 4.5-6.5 mm long, 1.7-2.5 mm wide, straw-coloured to dark brown, the margins winged nearly to the bases, the upper 1/2 fringed with teeth, lightly several-nerved on the backs, with faint nerves or nerveless below, the beaks shallowly bidentate, up to 1 mm long, narrowly margined and toothed below; female scales elliptical, pointed, yellowish-brown, with broad translucent margins and lighter centres, longer and wider than the perigynia; stigmas 2; achenes lens-shaped, 1.5-2 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to wet meadows, grassy slopes, swamps, streambanks and forests in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; common throughout BC except absent on the Queen Charlotte Islands; N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to MI, IL, MN, NM, UT, ID and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Carex praticola

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) 545 1303 2425
Slope Gradient (%) 0 14 100
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 234 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 4 7
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(7), BAFA(3), BG(18), ESSF(25), ICH(2), IDF(34), MS(3), PP(1), SBPS(3), SBS(3), SWB(2)


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 praticola var. subcoriacea F.J. Herm.

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