Carex spectabilis

Dewey

Amer. J. Sci. Arts 29: 248, plate X, fig. 76. 1836.

IllustratedEndemic
Synonyms: Carex invisa L. H. Bailey Carex nigella Boott Carex spectabilis var. superba T. Holm Carex tolmiei Carex tolmiei var. invisa (L. H. Bailey) Kükenthal
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 23. Treatment on page 416. Mentioned on page 399, 413, 414, 415.

Culms 25–50 cm. Leaves basal and cauline; proximal leaves reduced to sheaths; distal leaves with blades 2–5 mm wide. Inflorescences: spikes separate, oblong or elongate, 8–20 × 3.5–5 mm; lateral spikes 2–4 (–9); proximal spikes spreading or pendent, long-pedunculate; distal spikes approximate, erect or spreading, short-pedunculate. Pistillate scales brown or black, midvein prominent, lighter colored than body, conspicuous, lanceolate, shorter or longer than and as broad as perigynia, apex acute or mucronate. Perigynia yellow-green, green, or purple-black, veined or veinless, ovate, 3.5–5 × 1.75–2 mm, smooth; beak 0.4–0.5 mm, entire or deeply bidentate, smooth.


Phenology: Fruiting Jul–Sep.
Habitat: Moist subalpine and alpine meadows
Elevation: 300–3500 m

Distribution

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Alta., B.C., Yukon, Alaska, Calif., Idaho, Mont., Oreg., Utah, Wash., Wyo.

Discussion

Some specimens of Carex spectabilis in Glacier County, Montana, show transitions to C. paysonis.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

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... more about "Carex spectabilis"
trigonous +
papillose +  and smooth +
David F. Murray +
shortened +
rounded +
bidentate +  and entire +
0.04 cm0.4 mm <br />4.0e-4 m <br /> (0.05 cm0.5 mm <br />5.0e-4 m <br />) +
v--shaped +
2mm;5mm +
glumaceous +  and foliaceous +
2-ranked +  and arranged +
ascending +  and appressed +
scale-like +  and leaflike +
parallel +  and divergent +
terete +, rolled +  and plicate +
papillose +  and smooth +
brown +, purple +  and red +
round +  and trigonous +
25 cm250 mm <br />0.25 m <br /> (50 cm500 mm <br />0.5 m <br />) +
short-pedunculate +
spreading +  and erect +
Alta. +, B.C. +, Yukon +, Alaska +, Calif. +, Idaho +, Mont. +, Oreg. +, Utah +, Wash. +  and Wyo. +
300–3500 m +
open +, pistillate +  and staminate +
hypogynous +  and subtending +
biconvex +  and trigonous +
Moist subalpine and alpine meadows +
prophyllate +, pedunculate +, , +  and pistillate +
multi-ranked +, 2-ranked +, 3-ranked +  and alternate +
cauline +  and basal +
lighter colored +
shorter or longer +
conspicuous +  and prominent +
lanceolate +
with (1-)3-6(-30) bristles and/or scales +
veinless +  and veined +
purple-black +, green +  and yellow-green +
0.35 cm3.5 mm <br />0.0035 m <br /> (0.5 cm5 mm <br />0.005 m <br />) +
ascending +  and erect +
0.175 cm1.75 mm <br />0.00175 m <br /> (0.2 cm2 mm <br />0.002 m <br />) +
Fruiting Jul–Sep. +
2-3(-4)-carpellate +
3 (?) +  and 1 (?) +
filiform;leaflike +
pendent +  and spreading +
Amer. J. Sci. Arts +
adventitious +
black +  and brown +
basal +  and proximal +
2-keeled +
0 cm0 mm <br />0 m <br /> (0.5 cm5 mm <br />0.005 m <br />) +
cylindric +
Illustrated +  and Endemic +
0.8 cm8 mm <br />0.008 m <br /> (2 cm20 mm <br />0.02 m <br />) +
elongate;oblong +
0.35 cm3.5 mm <br />0.0035 m <br /> (0.5 cm5 mm <br />0.005 m <br />) +
1 (?) +  and 3 (?) +
septate +, hollow +  and solid +
compressed +, terete +  and trigonous +
papillate +
deciduous +
2-3(-4)-fid +
Carex invisa +, Carex nigella +, Carex spectabilis var. superba +, Carex tolmiei +  and Carex tolmiei var. invisa +
Carex spectabilis +
Carex sect. Scitae +
species +
plant +, not +  and cespitose +