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Carex praegracilis

Family: Cyperaceae

Distribution: Distributed throughout interior North America from Mich. to British Columbia then south to Mexico (Cronquist et al. 1977). Catron, Grant, McKinley, Sierra, and Socorro counties in New Mexico.

Plants Seen or Cited: New Mexico: Catron - Sivinski 3825; Grant - Castetter 8346; McKinley - Oakley 219; Sierra - Metcalfe 901; Socorro - Fleetwood s.n. (UNM).

Habitat: In alkaline meadows.

Discussion: Hermann (1970) says it is an important forage plant in some areas. Not rare.

Important Information Sources:

Cronquist et al. 1977. Intermountain Flora, Vol. 6 - Monocots. Columbia Univ. Press.

Fritts, Miriam (Pers. Comm. 1998). Carex expert on Colorado and Arizona species. Lives in Tucson (520) 887-7291.

Great Plains Flora Association. 1986. Flora of the Great Plains. Univ. Press of Kansas, Lawrence.

Hermann, F.J. 1970. Carices of the Rocky Mountains and Colorado Basin. USFS Ag. Handbook No. 374.

Information Compiled By: Robert Sivinski, 1998

Photo credits in header Peniocereus greggii var. greggii © T. Todsen,
Lepidospartum burgessii © M. Howard, Argemone pleiacantha ssp. pinnatisecta © R. Sivinski
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