Carex spectabilis


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

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


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


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

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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David F. Murray +
Alta. +, B.C. +, Yukon +, Alaska +, Calif. +, Idaho +, Mont. +, Oreg. +, Utah +, Wash. +  and Wyo. +
300–3500 m +
Moist subalpine and alpine meadows +
Fruiting Jul–Sep. +
Amer. J. Sci. Arts +
Illustrated +  and Endemic +
Carex invisa +, Carex nigella +, Carex spectabilis var. superba +, Carex tolmiei +  and Carex tolmiei var. invisa +
Carex spectabilis +
Carex sect. Scitae +
species +