48. Carex montis-everesti Kük., Kew Bull. Misc. Inf. 5: 261. 1940; Dickoré in Stapfia 39: fig. 3, 4. 1995.
Caespitose perennial, 1.5-2 cm. Rhizome short (?) stoloniferous. Stem trigonous, smooth. Leaves shorter than stem; sheaths reddish-brown.; blades to 1 mm wide, canaliculate to flat. Inflorescence of two imbricate, elongated obovoid spikes; upper spike 5-6 mm, with 1-2 utricles at the base, lower 7-10 mm, long pedunculate; glumes ovate to lanceolate, black-brown, midnerve green, mucronate, smooth. Utricles 2 mm, as long as glumes, ovoid to ellipsoid, upper part black-brown, smooth, beak short, ostiole oblique. Stigmes 3. Nut small, stiped.
Fl. Per.: July.
Holotype: Mt. Everest, Camp I, in moraine 18000 ft, 2.7.1933, H. Wager s.n. (B), isotype (K).
“Humid alpine turf” (Dickroré 1995); Distribution: Southern Tibet, Nepal, Central Himalaya, West to E. Kashmir.
Reported from Gilgit and Kashmir.
For identity of the species, see also Noltie in Edinb. J. Bot. 50: 198. 1993.