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Small Wing Sedge
Carex microptera

About Small Wing Sedge (Carex microptera) Carex microptera is a species of sedge known by the common name smallwing sedge. It is native to western North America, including most all of western Canada and the western United States. It occurs in moist mountain habitat such as meadows and riverbanks. This sedge produces dense clumps of erect stems over 20 centimeters tall and up to about a meter in height. The flower cluster is a dense cluster of green or brown spikes packed tightly and indistinct from each other.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
0.7 - 2 ft (0.21 - 0.6 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color
Green, Brown

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type

Part Shade

Elevation ?
40' - 12371'

Annual Precip. ?
11.2" - 122.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.26" - 4.42"

Coldest Month ?
19.9° F - 51.0° F

Hottest Month ?
39.5° F - 66.8° F

Humidity ?
0.47 vpd - 18.73 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.

Landscaping Information
Other Names
Common Names
Smallwing 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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