Perennial, loosely tufted herb from short creeping rhizomes; stems 10-40 cm tall, exceeding the leaves.
Sheaths purplish-red towards the bases; blades flat, 2-6 mm wide, the lower ones not reduced.
Terminal spike with male flowers, often with female flowers at the tip or throughout, the lower spikes 2 to 5, with female flowers, short-stalked, 0.6-2 cm long, erect; bracts subtending the spikes sheathless, bristlelike to scalelike, shorter than the inflorescence.
Perigynia egg-shaped, 2-3 mm long, 1.2-1.8 mm wide, greenish-yellow to brown, marginally 2-ribbed, otherwise nerveless, the beaks obscure, less than 0.3 mm long; female scales lanceolate to egg-shaped, nearly as long as and as wide as the perigynia, pointed at the tips, sometimes extended into short awns, reddish-black, with green midribs and light brown margins; stigmas 3; achenes 3-angled, 1.2-1.5 mm long.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|AT(1), BWBS(1), ESSF(5), ICH(1), IDF(4), SBS(1)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Carex parryana subsp. hallii (Olney) D.F. Murray
Carex parryana subsp. idahoa (L.H. Bailey) D.F. Murray
Carex parryana var. hallii (Olney) Kük.
Carex parryana var. unica L.H. Bailey