Carex duriuscula

C. A. Meyer
Mém. Acad. Imp. Sci. St.-Pétersbourg Divers Savans 1: 214. 1831.
Synonyms: Carex eleocharis L. H. Bailey Carex stenophylla subsp. eleocharis (L. H. Bailey) Hultén Carex stenophylla var. eleocharis (L. H. Bailey) Breitung
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 23. Treatment on page 304. Mentioned on page 303, 305.

Rhizomes 0.6–1.8 mm thick, shoots often arising 2–several per cluster, many nodes without shoots. Culms bluntly trigonous, (6–)10–35 cm, smooth-angled distally. Leaves: basal sheaths grayish brown to dark brown, shredding into fibers; sheaths with hyaline inner band, apex not prolonged beyond base of blade; ligules 0–0.8 mm, glabrous; blades 0.6–1.8 mm wide. Inflorescences 0.7–2 cm, 1/2+ as wide as long (if pistillate); spikes 3–8, androgynous, ovoid. Pistillate scales dark reddish brown, with hyaline margins, broadly ovate, 2.4–4.1 mm, apex acute to acuminate, shiny. Anthers 1.4–3 mm, apiculus smooth to warty, very short and broad (30X). Perigynia dark reddish brown, essentially veinless, ± stipitate, broadly ovate to nearly orbicular, thickly plano-convex, 2.4–3.9 × 1.5–2.1 mm, shiny; beak 0.3–0.9 mm, hyaline, weakly bidentulate or oblique.

Phenology: Fruiting Jun–Aug.
Habitat: Dry prairies, sagebrush grasslands, openings in dry forests
Elevation: 300–3300 m


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Alta., B.C., Man., N.W.T., Sask., Yukon, Alaska, Ariz., Calif., Colo., Idaho, Ill., Iowa, Kans., Mich., Minn., Mo., Mont., Nebr., Nev., N.Mex., N.Dak., Oreg., S.Dak., Utah, Wash., Wyo., Asia.


Carex duriuscula belongs to a difficult complex of temperate dry grassland species, and the North American plants are recognized here as conspecific with the Asian Carex duriuscula, following T. V. Egorova (1999). Compared to the Asian plants, the North American plants usually are taller [5–12(–20) versus (6–)10–35 cm] and the perigynia are larger [2.5–3(–3.2) versus 2.4–3.9 mm] (T. V. Egorova 1999). More work is still needed here. North American plants have often been treated as a variety or subspecies of the Eurasian C. stenophylla, which is quite different in having larger perigynia that are distinctly veined adaxially.

The species is sporadically introduced along roads and in railway yards east of its native range.

Selected References


Lower Taxa


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Alta. +, B.C. +, Man. +, N.W.T. +, Sask. +, Yukon +, Alaska +, Ariz. +, Calif. +, Colo. +, Idaho +, Ill. +, Iowa +, Kans. +, Mich. +, Minn. +, Mo. +, Mont. +, Nebr. +, Nev. +, N.Mex. +, N.Dak. +, Oreg. +, S.Dak. +, Utah +, Wash. +, Wyo. +  and Asia. +
300–3300 m +
Dry prairies, sagebrush grasslands, openings in dry forests +
Fruiting Jun–Aug. +
Mém. Acad. Imp. Sci. St.-Pétersbourg Divers Savans +
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Carex eleocharis +, Carex stenophylla subsp. eleocharis +  and Carex stenophylla var. eleocharis +
Carex duriuscula +
Carex sect. Divisae +
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