Ovoid Alpine Sedge
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Ovoid Alpine Sedge
P Native Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Ovoid Alpine Sedge, Shining Bog-Sedge
Botanical name: Carex ovoidispica    Family: Cyperaceae (Sedge family)
Synonyms: Kobresia nitens

Ovoid Alpine Sedge is a clustered grass-like perennial herb, 5-27 cm. Stem is 0.7-1.3 mm in diameter, bluntly triangular or round, grooved, smooth. Leaves from slightly shorter to finally much longer than stem, erect, rather rigid, mostly less wide than stem; sheaths 2-5 cm, outermost bladeless, glossy, grey brown, mouth margin almost straight, disintegrating into fibres with age. Blades are 0.7-1 mm wide, thick, channelled or involute, margins rough. Inflorescence is 10-20 x 4-8 mm, a spherical to cylindrical spike, basal part sometimes lax, distal flowers sometimes male; glumes 4.3-4.5 x 2.5-2.8 mm, lowest occasionally to equalling spike, wide, boat-shaped, blunt, brown with yellowish midnerve, margins scarious. Nut is 3.2-3.4 x 1.5-1.7 mm, obovoid, bluntly trigonous, grey brown with yellowish nerves. Ovoid Alpine Sedge is found in alpine meadows, at altitudes of 3800-4400 m, in Western Himalaya, from Pakistan to Nepal. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Manoj Chandran Photographed in Nubra Valley, Ladakh.

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