Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Flora -- Carex microptera -- (Small-wing Sedge)

presented by Susan McDougall

Carex microptera

Fairly common in moist meadows and open forest settings, Small-wing Sedge is a widely ranging species, growing in suitable habitat from 2,500-6,500 feet. The leaves are flat, and the heads are crowded with bi-colored spikes, attributable to the difference in color between the scales and perigynia (the female sack that surrounds the seed).

Author: Susan McDougall
Longmire, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7497, -121.8136, 2187
Date: June 14, 2014
Carex microptera

The common name is derived from the winged perigynia, which have a slender beak.

Author: Susan McDougall
Stevens Canyon, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7713, -121.6913, 3051
Date: June 4, 2014

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