Carex parryana Dewey
Parry's sedge
Cyperaceae (Sedge family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Jamie Fenneman     (Photo ID #19686)


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Distribution of Carex parryana
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Species Information

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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Carex parryana

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




Elevation (metres)
1429 822 2333
Slope Gradient (%)
8 0 45

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

35 30 350
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
5 0 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal 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)

Habitat and Range

Moist, often alkaline, meadows and lakeshores in the steppe and montane zones; frequent in SC and SE BC; N to AK, YT and NT, E to ON and S to MN, ND, CO, UT and NV.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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