Carex breviculmis

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Carex breviculmis


Leaves basal and subbasal, from much shorter to much longer than the stems, often thickish, rigid, flat or with recurved or revolute margins, gradually attenuate to the triquetrous tip, smooth or mostly scabrid on margins and keel, 1-4(-6) mm wide. Inflorescence simple, erect, with 3-7 approximate spikelets (sometimes lowest spikelet remote on a peduncle from the sheath of a basal leaf;


Asia-Temperate, Asia-Tropical, Australasia, Himalayas present, Japan present, New Zealand present, Southern America: Argentina Northeast (Formosa present)
Widely distributed from the Himalayas to China, Japan and Formosa through Malesia to Australia and New Zealand.


The length of the stem varies considerably, even on the same plant. The same holds for the nerves on the utricles and for their hairiness, but these characters are rather constant in a single specimen. For these reasons I consider C. breviculmis R. Br., C.perciliata Nelmes, and C. montivaga S. T. Blake to be conspeciflc, although it is possible to discriminate between them on varietal rank.


Boeck. 1877 – In: Linnaea: 209
Nelmes 1949: Kew Bull.: 383
Kuk. 1909 – In: Pfl. R. Heft: 469
Clarke 1894 – In: Fl. Br. Ind.: 746
Benth. 1878 – In: Fl. Austr.: 445
Ridl. 1916 – In: Trans. Linn. Soc. Bot.: 247
Kern 1968 – In: Back. & Bakh.f., Fl. Java 3: 489
Boott 1867 – In: Ill.: 181
R. Br. 1951 – In: Reinwardtia: 373
S. T. Blake 1947 – In: J. Arn. Arb.: 112