Kyrgyzstan July 2008 Zabelia corymbosa quest

Voucher: KYRG 174 

Carex songarica Kar. et Kir.

Region: Jalal-Abad Oblast  Chatkal Rayon
Gazetteer: 15km south of Kara-Buura Pass 
Coordinates: 42º03'58'' N, 71º35'44'' E  Alt: 2247m  after the bridge in the camp site along the river.

Sedge to 1m tall. Leaves 5mm broad with scabrous margins. Inflorescence slightly pendant with 3 female catkins to 2-3cm long and 2-3 male catkins at the top. Sometimes terminal catkin female at the bottom male above. Lowest bract almost as long as the inflorescence. Utricules light brown. Glumes membranous with eroded margins. Styles 2 or 3.
Damp meadow along the Chatkal river in the shade of tall Populus, Betula trees with Berberis, Carex, Cirsium, Mentha.

Identification Notes: Verified with Flora of the USSR. Vol.3, V. L. Komarov. Sect. paludosae. Spikelets 3-4 the lower distant the terminal one staminate. Bract not sheathing or less than 5mm long. Pistillate scale ovate terminating in a thickened scabrous point. Utricule sub-corky ovoid with short bidentate and curved beak, brown more or less lustrous and with impressed distinct nerves. Said to grow on salt grassland in the Flora ? 
Ancillary Collections: photos 

Landrein, S. 174                10 July 2008

morphological details

spikelet spikelet utricule and bracts utricule and bracts basal bract sheath basal bract sheath

basal bract basal bract

male spikelet male spikelet

utricules and bract utricules and bract

open utricule open utricule

bract bract

leaf surface leaf surface

field picture
Herbarium voucher
Herbarium voucher

Other field pictures

inflorescence inflorescence
inflorescence plants