Carex gmelinii

Hooker & Arnott

Bot. Beechey Voy., 118, plate 27. 1832.

Synonyms: Carex acrolepis Ledebour Carex laticuspis Franchet
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 23. Treatment on page 408. Mentioned on page 403, 407.

Plants densely cespitose. Culms 20–60 cm, distally scabrous. Leaves 2–4 mm wide. Inflorescences: proximal bracts equaling or exceeding inflorescences; spikes separate, short-oblong or elongate, 10–30 × 5–10 mm; proximal spikes sometimes spreading, long-pendunculate; distal spikes erect, short-pendunculate; lateral 2–4 spikes pistillate, contiguous, of similar length; terminal spike gynecandrous. Pistillate scales dark brown or black to margins, lanceolate, slightly shorter, equaling, or exceeding and as broad as perigynia, midvein lighter colored than body, conspicuous, raised, prominent, mucronate. Perigynia ascending, brown, vein, elliptic, 3.5–5 × 2–3 mm, apex gradually or abruptly beaked, smooth; beak 0.2–0.3 mm, truncate or obscurely bidentate, smooth. Achenes nearly filling body of perigynia. 2n = ca. 62.

Phenology: Fruiting Jun–Sep.
Habitat: Coastal cliffs, beach meadows, sand dunes, swales, gravels
Elevation: 0–10 m


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B.C., Alaska, Asia (Japan, Russian Far East).


Selected References


Lower Taxa

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David F. Murray +
Hooker & Arnott +
B.C. +, Alaska +, Asia (Japan +  and Russian Far East). +
0–10 m +
Coastal cliffs, beach meadows, sand dunes, swales, gravels +
Fruiting Jun–Sep. +
Bot. Beechey Voy., +
Illustrated +
Carex acrolepis +  and Carex laticuspis +
Carex gmelinii +
Carex sect. Racemosae +
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