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Carex illota L. H. Bailey
SHEEP SEDGE
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Carex illota L.H. Bailey
sheep sedge

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General Information
Symbol: CAIL
Group: Monocot
Family: Cyperaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Graminoid
Native Status : CAN   N
L48   N
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Hurd, E.G., N.L. Shaw, J. Mastrogiuseppe, L.C. Smithman, and S. Goodrich. 1998. Field guide to Intermountain sedges . General Technical Report RMS-GTR-10. USDA Forest Service, RMRS, Ogden. Provided by USDA Forest Service RMRS Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab . Usage Requirements .

Hurd, E.G., N.L. Shaw, J. Mastrogiuseppe, L.C. Smithman, and S. Goodrich. 1998. Field guide to Intermountain sedges . General Technical Report RMS-GTR-10. USDA Forest Service, RMRS, Ogden. Provided by USDA Forest Service RMRS Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab . Usage Requirements .

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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Cyperaceae – Sedge family
Genus Carex L. – sedge
Species Carex illota L.H. Bailey – sheep sedge

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97. Carex illota L. H. Bailey, Mem. Torrey Bot. Club. 1: 15. 1889.

Plants densely cespitose. Culms 15—38 cm. Leaves: sheath summits white-hyaline, green ribbed, U-shaped, occasionally prolonged to 4 mm distal to collar; distal ligules 1—3(—3.5) mm; blades 2—4 per fertile culm, 4.5—18 cm × 1.5—2.5 mm. Inflorescences nodding, dense, dark or medium brown, 1—1.2 cm × 5.5—10 mm; proximal internode 1.3—3 mm; 2d internode 0.6—1.5 mm; proximal bracts scalelike to bristlelike. Spikes 3—6, usually individually indistinct, ovoid to broadly ovoid, 4.5—6.5 × 2.5—5.5 mm, base and apex acute to rounded; terminal spike without conspicuous staminate base. Pistillate scales dark brown, usually with pale or green midstripe, ovate, 1.5—2.5(—3.5) mm, usually shorter, narrower than perigynia, margin occasionally hyaline gold, to 0.4 mm wide, apex obtuse or acute. Perigynia ascending-spreading to spreading, gold to dark brown, conspicuously 0—7-veined abaxially, conspicuously 0—4-veined adaxially, ovate, plano-convex, 2.6—3.2 × 0.9—1.3 mm, 0.5—0.65 mm thick, margin unwinged, pithlike tissue usually present in proximal perigynia walls; beak medium or dark brown at tip, often with white-hyaline, cylindric to somewhat flat, abaxial suture with conspicuous white margin, distance from beak tip to achene 1.2—1.6 mm, entire. Achenes ovate to obovate, 1.2—1.5 × 0.8—1 mm, 0.4—0.5 mm thick. 2n = 64

Fruiting summer. Marshes, bogs, wet meadows; 2100—3700 m; Alta., B.C.; Calif., Colo., Idaho, Mont., Nev., Oreg., Utah, Wash., Wyo.

Carex illota is unlike all other members of sect. Ovales in having perigynia lacking wings and margins consistently entire from perigynia base to beak tip.

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