(Rocky Mountain Sedge)

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Carex scopulorum, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 4507

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Carex scopulorum, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 4403

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Carex scopulorum, Peak 7, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 5686

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Carex scopulorum, Peak 7, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 5693

Scientific Name Carex scopulorum USDA PLANTS Symbol CASC12
Common Name Rocky Mountain Sedge, Cliff Sedge ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 39800
Family Cyperaceae (Sedge) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (9000 to 13500 ft.); streambanks and wet to moist meadows.
Plant: Upright perennial with dense tufts of basal leaves; culms 7 to 20 inches tall.
Foliage: Flat, linear basal leaves, 3 to 4 per culm, 4 to 11 inches long and 1/8-inch wide.
Inflorescence: Dense ovoid cluster of 6 to 12 spikelets 1/2-inch long; dark brown-black scales; pistillate (female) flowers above.
Bloom period: July to September.
Reference: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G. K. Guennel and SEINet
BONAP Distribution Map
Colorado Status:
Native

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