Amer. J. Sci. Arts 29: 247, plate X, fig. 74. 1836.
Plants loosely cespitose, in small clumps; rhizomes short. Culms erect, slender, 10–15 (–30) cm, rough distally. Leaves: sheaths pale-brown abaxially, persisting, inner band thin, hyaline, sometimes red tinged, truncate or shallowly concave at summit; ligules shorter than wide; blades pale green to gray-green, flat or slightly involute, 5–10 cm × 1–2 mm, shorter than culms. Inflorescences 0.7–1.5 cm × 4–7 mm; proximal bracts scalelike, occasionally bristlelike, shorter than spikes. Spikes 2–3 (–4), lateral spikes gynecandrous, closely approximate or the proximal slightly separate, individually distinct, containing 3–8 perigynia, oblong-clavate, 3–6 × 3–5 mm; terminal spike not clavate. Pistillate scales redbrown with lighter center and broad white-hyaline margins oblongovate, subequal to perigynia, apex obtuse. Perigynia appressed-ascending, green-white proximally, pale-brown distally, often brown in age, finely several-veined, elliptic, 2–3 × 1.25–1.5 mm, widest near middle, apex conic with weakly convex, usually entire margin, subcoriaceous; beak indistinct. Achenes redbrown, broadly obovate, 1.25–1.5 × 1 mm, dull to slightly glossy. 2n = 62, 64.
Phenology: Fruiting Jul–Aug.
Habitat: Boggy tundra, gravelly shores
Elevation: 0–200 m
Greenland, Man., Nfld. and Labr., N.W.T., Nunavut, Que., Yukon, Alaska
Plants from Greenland and Europe often with two spikes and short-beaked perigynia have been called Carex marina subsp. pseudolagopina (Sörensen) Böcher; subsp. marina from North America and Siberia differs in having usually (2–)3(–4) spikes usually equal in size (the terminal spike not larger than the others), narrower leaves, and a more distinct beak. Both types occur in the North American material, subsp. pseudolagopina tends to be more arctic in distribution. The subspecies are not recognized here as separate taxa.
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