Beaked Sedge, Bladder Sedge, Inflated Sedge, Northwest Territory Sedge, Shore Sedge, Southern Beaked Sedge
Synonyms: Carex inflata var. utriculata, Carex laevirostris, Carex rhynchophysa, Carex rostrata, Carex rostrata var. utriculata
The photo above shows a close-up of the upper inflorescence of bladder sedge as seen in wetlands around the wildlife viewing area at Logan Valley, Malheur National Forest...........June 26, 2011. In this inflorescence the upper spike is male, while the lower lateral spikes are female. Occasionally, the uppermost female spike may have a short terminal male spike at its apex.
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The photo at left shows the terminal male spike (The top of a second lower male spike is visible at the bottom of the photo.) while the photos at center and at right show the lateral female spikes of bladder sedge as seen in wetlands around the wildlife viewing area at Logan Valley, Malheur National Forest.........June 26, 2011. Note the long leaf-like bracts subtending the lower spikelets and the 3 whitie stigmas emerging from the apex of each perigynia. The perigynia of this species are spreading to slightly ascending.
Close-ups of the mature lateral female spikes and perigynia of bladder sedge as seen at Summit Prairie, Malheur National Forest........August 20, 2011.
Close-ups of the perigynia with their striped scales and the form of bladder sedge as seen in standing water at Swampy Meadows on the western slopes of Mt. Adams.............August 11, 2008. The perigynia of bladder sedge are more tapered at the base and typically have a shorter, thicker beak than the similar inflated sedge (Carex vesicaria) which has a broader, rounded base and narrower beak.
Close-ups of the female spikes and perigynia of bladder sedge as seen in wetlands along a creek at Page Springs Campground (BLM), Steens Mountain, southeastern Oregon...........May 31 and June 2, 2012. Note the 3 styles on the perigynia in the photo at right.
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Additional close-ups of bladder sedge as seen in a riparian meadow near 8600' along the North Loop Road, Steens Mountain, Harney County, Oregon.........September 2, 2011.
Close-ups of bladder sedge at about 7400' as seen along the western shore of Fish Lake, Steens Mountain, Harney County, Oregon........September 3, 2011.
Lateral female spike of bladder sedge as seen at Lilypad Lake, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.......July 25, 2013.
Beaked sedge as seen blooming along small spring-fed streams that cross the Lake Creek Trail #378 within its first mile, Strawberry Mountain Wilderness.........July 19, 2013.
Beaked sedge as seen along the first mile of the North Fork Catherine Creek Trail #1905, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.......June 12, 2018.
Beaked sedge as seen along the shoreline of Slide Lake, Strawberry Mountain Wilderness........August 11, 2015.
Beaked sedge as seen
at Potter Meadows across Forest Road 38 from the southern trailhead for the Ochoco Mountain Trail, Ochoco National Forest.........July 13, 2017.
Beaked sedge in bloom at Mud Creek Meadows, Fremont-Winema National Forest.......July 1, 2019.
Mature seed head of beaked sedge as seen in vernally moist meadows at Lick Creek Campground, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area........August 14, 2018.