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

Carex pyrenaica subsp. micropoda Wahlenb. (C.A. Mey.) Hultén
Pyrenean sedge
Cyperaceae (Sedge family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial, loosely tufted herb from fibrous roots; stems 5-30 cm tall, equalling or longer than the leaves.
Sheaths tight, bladeless below; blades 2 to 4 per stem, deeply channeled, borne on the lower 1/4 of the stem, 0.5-1.5 mm wide.
Perigynia narrowly egg-shaped, 3-4.5 mm long, 0.7-1.5 mm wide, appressed at first, spreading at maturity, smooth, nerveless, long-stalked, the beaks short, bidentate; female scales egg-shaped, shorter and wider than the perigynia, round-tipped, dark brow

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to moist meadows and rocky slopes in the subalpine and alpine zones; frequent throughout BC except rare on the Queen Charlotte Islands and absent in NE BC; amphiberingian, N to AK, YT and NT, E to SW AB and S to CO, UT, NV and CA; E Asia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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 jacobi-peteri HultTn
Carex micropoda C.A. Mey.

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