Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Flora -- Carex spectabilis -- (Showy Sedge)

photos by Susan McDougall


Carex spectabilis

Aptly named, the flowering parts of this sedge are very showy; they are borne on stems up to two feet tall. The terminal spike is male, the yellow anthers clearly shown, and there are 3-4 female spikes below.

Location: High Lakes Trail, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: August 1, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
High Lakes Trail, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7771, -121.7301, 5346
Date: August 1, 2014
Carex spectabilis

The flowers are not fully opened in this specimen.

Location: Skyline Trail, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: August 2, 2013

Author: Susan McDougall
Skyline Trail, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7921, -121.7223, 5499
Date: August 2, 2013
Carex spectabilis

Clump forming with two-foot tall stems that are often purplish at the base, this is a common sedge, particularly above 5,000 feet.

Location: Frozen Lake Trail, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: September 1, 2010

Author: Susan McDougall
Frozen Lake Trail, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7771, -121.7301, 5346
Date: September 1, 2010

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