Carex bella

L. H. Bailey

Bot. Gaz. 17: 152. 1892.

Synonyms: Carex atrata var. discolor L. H. Bailey Carex atrata var. discolor (L. H. Bailey) Kükenthal Carex uncompahgre
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 23. Treatment on page 410. Mentioned on page 403.
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Plants cespitose. Culms 25–55 cm, proximally scabrous. Leaves 3–6 mm wide. Inflorescences: proximal bracts shorter than or exceeding inflorescences; spikes pendent, separate, long-pendunculate, elongate, cylindric or clavate, 12–25 × 4–5.5 mm; lateral 2–3 spikes gynecandrous or, rarely, pistillate; terminal spike gynecandrous. Pistillate scales light to dark brown, margins hyaline, lanceolate, shorter than and narrower or as broad as perigynia, midvein lighter colored than body, conspicuous, frequently raised, prominent, apex acute or mucronate. Perigynia ascending, pale green or pale yellow, veinless, elliptic or obovate, 3–4 × 1.75–2 mm, apex abruptly formed, smooth; beak 0.3–0.4 mm, shallowly or deeply bidentate, smooth. Achenes nearly filling body of perigynia. 2n = 40.

Phenology: Fruiting Jun–Aug.
Habitat: Moist subalpine meadows
Elevation: 2800–3900 m


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Ariz., Calif., Colo., N.Mex., S.Dak., Utah, Wyo., Mexico (Nuevo León).


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