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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Poales

Familia: Cyperaceae
Subfamilia: Cyperoideae
Tribus: Cariceae
Genus: Carex
Species: Carex athrostachya

Carex athrostachya Olney, Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 8: 393 (1872).

Carex tenuirostris Olney, Amer. Naturalist 8: 214 (1874).

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Northern America
Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Idaho, Manitoba, Mexico Northwest, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Yukon

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Olney, S.T. 1872. Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Boston, MA 7: 393.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Carex athrostachya in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2019 Dec 14. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Carex athrostachya. Published online. Accessed: Dec 14 2019. 2019. Carex athrostachya. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 14 Dec 2019.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Carex athrostachya in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

Vernacular names
English: slenderbeak sedge

Carex athrostachya is a species of sedge known by the common name slenderbeak sedge. It is native to western North America, including Alaska to central Canada, the western contiguous United States, and just into Baja California.
Carex athrostachya grows in wet and seasonally wet areas, such as wetlands and meadows. It produces dense clumps of stems up to 80 centimeters tall. The inflorescence is a dense green to brown cluster one or two centimeters long.

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