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Abrupt-beaked Sedge
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About Abrupt-beaked Sedge (Carex abrupta) Carex abrupta is a species of sedge known by the common name abrupt-beaked sedge or abruptbeak sedge. It is native to the western United States from California to Idaho, where it grows in moist mountain habitat such as meadows. This sedge forms a dense, erect clump exceeding 20 centimeters in height. The inflorescence is a rounded cluster of spikes 1 to 2 centimeters wide. Each fruit is surrounded by a sac called a perigynium which is boat-shaped to scoop-shaped with a very narrow, cylindrical beak coppery red to dark brown in color. This sedge forms a dense, erect clump exceeding 20 centimeters in height. The inflorescence is a rounded cluster of spikes 1 to 2 centimeters wide. Each fruit is surrounded by a sac called a perigynium which is boat-shaped to scoop-shaped with a very narrow, cylindrical beak coppery red to dark brown in color.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Grasses

Max. Height
7.9 in (20.1 cm)

Flower Color
Brown

Native Status
Native

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
30' - 12226'

Annual Precip. ?
14.7" - 119.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.30" - 4.10"

Coldest Month ?
19.9° F - 48.4° F

Hottest Month ?
41.2° F - 74.1° F

Humidity ?
0.44 vpd - 19.75 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Abruptbeak Sedge


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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