General: Perennial, tufted herb from short rhizomes and fibrous roots; stems 15-40 cm tall, exceeding the leaves.
Leaves: Sheaths purplish-red to brownish towards the bases; blades flat with rolled-under margins, 2-4 mm wide, the lower ones not reduced.
Flowers: Spikes 2 to 5, the terminal one with both female and male flowers, the female flowers at the top, the male ones below, the lower spikes 1 to 3, with female flowers, short-stalked, 0.5-1 cm long, clustered together in heads; bracts subtending the spikes sheathless, bristlelike to scalelike, mostly shorter than the inflorescence.
Fruits: Perigynia egg-shaped to elliptical, 2.5-3 mm long, 1.5-1.8 mm wide, green, brown to dark brown, nerveless or few-nerved, the beaks obscure, less than 0.3 mm long; female scales lanceolate, shorter and slightly narrower than the perigynia, pointed at the tips, brown to purplish-black, with light brown margins; stigmas 3; achenes 3-angled, 1.5 mm long.
Notes: Western taxonomists have usually included this taxon with C. norvegica Retz., a species of eastern N. America and the southern Rocky Mountains (Murray 1969).
Moist to wet meadows and wet shrublands in all but the lowland zone; common throughout BC in and E of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to ME, MI, WI, IA, SD, WY, ID, NV and CA; Eurasia.
Carex angarea Carex media subsp. media Carex media var. stevenii (T. Holm) Fernald Carex norvegica Retz. Carex norvegica subsp. inferalpina (Wahlenb.) Hultén Carex norvegica subsp. inserrulata Carex norvegica var. stevenii (T. Holm) Dorn Carex stevenii T. Holm
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