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6. Carex vulpinaris Nees, Contr. Bot. India. 121. 1834; C.B.Clarke in Hook.f., l.c. 702; R. R. Stewart, l.c. 85; Kukkonen in Rech.f., l.c. 180.

C. henningsiana Boeck. in Beitr. Kenntn. Cyper. 1: 42. 1888. C. wendelboi Nelmes in Nytt Mag. Bot. 1: 20. 1952.

Caespitose, tightly tuft-forming, 50-90 cm. Rhizome short, not creeping. Stem trigonous, grooved, smooth. Leaves equal to stem or slightly shorter; sheaths 50-80 mm, outer dark brown, margin of scarious side straight; ligule c. 0.4 mm, white, scarious; blades 2.5-3 mm wide, flat or involute, greyish- or yellowish green, margins scabrous, papillose above. Inflorescence greyish brown, with a tight group of androgynous spikes, 10-30 x 5-10 mm, elongate-ellipsoid or ovoid. Bracts glume-like, lowest to as long as its spike, narrow, base amplexicaul, margins broadly scarious. Spikes to 10 x 5 mm, elongated or globular; female glumes 2-4 x 1-1.7 mm, deltate, cymbiform, acute or with arista to 0.7 mm, margins widely scarious; utricles 2.7-3.8 x 1-1.4 mm, plano-convex, ellipsoid, greenish or yellowish brown, clearly nerved, shoulders frequently with a narrow, scabrous margin, base sometimes contracted to stipe to 0.7 mm, beak 0.7-1.3 mm, with scarious margins, deeply bifid, teeth brown, ostiole margin widely scarious. Nut 1.5-1.8 x 1-1.3 mm, incl. a 0.1-0.3 mm style base and a sometimes to 0.3 mm stipe, plano-convex, ellipsoid or obovoid, glossy, obscurely reticulate, and finely papillose.

Fl. Per.: June – September

Type: India, Uttar Pradesh, "Shalken in Kunawur", Royle 73 (K!).

Meadows and moraine along streams and rivers; Distribution: Turkestan (acc. to Dickoré 1995), Afghanistan, Pakistan, western Himalayas.


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