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

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

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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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.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / 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.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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) 822 1429 2333
Slope Gradient (%) 0 8 45
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
30 35 350
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 5 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number 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)


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 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

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