Miles North of Highway #3 on Fir River Road, West of Hudson Bay
fertile shoot contains a single, terminal pistillate spike. This species
is dioecious, which means some plants have only staminate flowers and other
plants have only pistillate flowers.
Answers to key questions in Sedges (Carex) of Saskatchewan, Fascicle 3,
Flora of Saskatchewan by Anna Leighton leading to this species. The
answers are in the order you would normally work through the key.
achenes three-sided, occasionally terete, though their shape may be
concealed by flattened perigynia. NOT [stigmas 2; achenes
per culm, terminal; spike bracts absent. NOT [Spikes 2 or more per
culm, terminal and lateral; spike bracts present on lateral spikes
(except in Section Phyllostachyae), lowest bract usually evident, often
unisexual; plants dioecious; pistillate spike narrowly cylindrical,
10-30 (40) mm long; perigynia 50-100 per spike; plants rhizomatous with
pubescent perigynia. NOT [Spike androgynous; plants monoecious;
perigynia 1-18 per spike; if perigynia pubescent then plants cespitose.]