Carex pluriflora Hultén
many-flowered sedge
Cyperaceae (Sedge family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Judith Holm     (Photo ID #80832)


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Distribution of Carex pluriflora
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Species Information

Perennial, loosely tufted herb from creeping rhizomes, the roots yellow-woolly; stems 10-60 cm tall, arising singly or a few together, equalling the leaves, reddish-tinged at the bases.
Sheaths loose; blades 3 to 5 per stem, flat with slightly rolled-under margins, borne on the lower 1/2 of the stem, 2-4 mm wide, finely and densely white-pimpled below, the lower ones much reduced.
Spikes 2 to 4, the terminal one linear, 12-22 mm long, long-stalked, with male flowers, the lower spikes 1 to 3, with female flowers, cylindrical, 1-2 cm long, 6-8 mm wide, separate, long-stalked, nodding; bracts subtending the spikes greenish, membranaceous and whitish at the bases, the tips bristlelike, sheathless, shorter than the spikes, the upper ones reduced.
Perigynia egg-shaped to narrowly egg-shaped, 3-4.4 mm long, 1.9-2.5 mm wide, pale to blackish-brown, 10- to 15-nerved, densely pimpled, short-stalked, beakless; female scales broadly egg-shaped, usually awn-tipped, narrower and longer than the perigynia, black to dark brown, the centres lighter, tending to wrap around the perigynia below; stigmas 3; achenes 3-angled, short-stalked, smooth, 1.7-2.5 mm long.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Carex pluriflora

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)
259 0 1810
Slope Gradient (%)
6 0 50

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

28 5 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
6 3 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

BWBS(2), CWH(109), ESSF(3), MH(10), SBS(6)

Habitat and Range

Bogs, marshes, streambanks and wet meadows in the lowland and montane zones; common in coastal BC; amphiberingian, N to AK and S to OR; coastal E Asia.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Carex rariflora subsp. pluriflora
Carex rariflora var. pluriflora (Hultén) B. Boivin
Carex stygia T. Holm p.p., non Fr.