Carex podocarpa

R. Brown ex Richardson

in J. Franklin et al., Narr. Journey Polar Sea, 751. 1823.

Synonyms: Carex behringensis C. B. Clarke Carex montanensis L. H. Bailey Carex venustula T. Holm
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 23. Treatment on page 416. Mentioned on page 413, 414, 415.

Culms 5–60 cm. Leaves basal and cauline; proximal leaves reduced to sheaths; distal leaves with blades 3–6 mm wide. Inflorescences: spikes separate, elongate, 6–20 × 5–8 mm; lateral spikes 1–3, pendent, long-pedunculate. Pistillate scales dark brown or black, margins occasionally narrowly hyaline, midvein seldom prominent, same color as the body, inconspicuous, broadly lanceolate, shorter than or equaling and as wide as perigynia, apex acute. Perigynia brown or purple-brown, veinless, ovate, 3–3.5 × 1.75–2 mm, papillose; beak 0.3–0.4 mm, shallowly bidentate or truncate, sparsely papillose or smooth.

Phenology: Fruiting Jun–Aug.
Habitat: Subalpine and alpine meadows, arctic tundra
Elevation: 10–1800 m


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Alta., B.C., N.W.T., Yukon, Alaska, Idaho, Mont., Oreg., Asia (Russian Far East).


The name Carex microchaeta has been misapplied to specimens of C. podocarpa. Within sect. Scitae, C. podocarpa is the only species having all the lateral spikes pendent and long-pedunculate.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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David F. Murray +
R. Brown ex Richardson +
Alta. +, B.C. +, N.W.T. +, Yukon +, Alaska +, Idaho +, Mont. +, Oreg. +  and Asia (Russian Far East). +
10–1800 m +
Subalpine and alpine meadows, arctic tundra +
Fruiting Jun–Aug. +
in J. Franklin et al., Narr. Journey Polar Sea, +
Illustrated +
Carex behringensis +, Carex montanensis +  and Carex venustula +
Carex podocarpa +
Carex sect. Scitae +
species +