Spikenard Sedge is a high elevation plant, growing from 6,000-8,000 feet, and sometimes higher. It is small, tufted, with needlelike leaves. Each stem has a single brown spike.
Location: Skyline Trail, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: August 14, 2014
Reachable by trail, here the sedge grows at nearly 7,400 feet on Second Burroughs above Sunrise.
Location: Second Burroughs Trail, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: August 26, 2014
The leaves of this "classic" sedge sometimes exceed the stems in length. The male spikel is the brown, narrow structure above the cylindrical female spike. The perigynia (the sack surrounding the seeds) is greenish.
Location: Longmire Meadow, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: July 2, 2014