Narrow-Leaf Himalayan Sedge
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Narrow-Leaf Himalayan Sedge
P Native Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Narrow-Leaf Himalayan Sedge
Botanical name: Carex stenophylla subsp. stenophylloides    Family: Cyperaceae (Sedge family)
Synonyms: Carex stenophylloides, Carex discessa, Carex dimorphotheca

Narrow-Leaf Himalayan Sedge is a clustered or loosely clustered perennial herb, 10-30 cm. Stem is bluntly trigonous, smooth or sometimes slightly scabrous above. Leaves are as long as half of stem length to equalling or, sometimes, overtopping it, bluish green. Sheaths are 1.5-4.0 cm, dark brown, glossy. Inflorescence are 5-20 x 5 mm, spherical to elongate ellipsoid, compact groups of spikes. Bracts sheath-less, pointed, glume-like or the lowest as long as its spike. Spikes androgynous, globular. Female glumes are 3-4.5 x 1-2.2 mm, light or dark brown, ovate, pointed. Narrow-Leaf Himalayan Sedge is found in mountain meadows, moist, often somewhat saline meadows, at altitudes of 450-3300 m, from Caucasus and Iran to Pakistan, Kashmir and Mongolia.

Identification credit: Miroslav Dvorsk√Ĺ Photographed in Pangong Tso, Ladakh.

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