[Sedges: The Genus Carex in Mt. Adams Country]

Showy Sedge

Carex spectabilis

Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa

Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa)

The photo above shows a nice cluster of showy sedge as seen near the stream crossing for the Round the Mt. Trail #9 along one of the several forks of Salt Creek, southern slopes of Mt. Adams.........August 24, 2008.

Inflorescence of Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa) - Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa)

The photo at left shows a close-up of the inflorescence of showy sedge as seen in pumice sands along the South Climb Trail of Mt. Adams..........August 23, 2008. The inflorescence typically ascends or may nod slightly to one side. The photo at right shows showy sedge as seen along the uppermost section of the Lewis River at the base of the terminal moraine of the Adams Glacier, Mt. Adams Wilderness......July 18, 2018.

Perigynia of Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa) - Perigynia of Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa)

Close-up images of the perigynia of showy sedge as seen on Mt. Hood about one-half mile east of Timberlie Lodge along the Pacific Crest Trail...........August 29, 2008. The perigynia of showy sedge have 3 stigmas.

Terminal male spike of Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa) - Terminal male spike of Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa)

The 2 photos above show close-ups of the terminal male spike of showy sedge as seen as seen in pumice sands along the South Climb Trail of Mt. Adams..........August 23, 2008.

Spike of Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa)

The photo above shows a close-up of one of the 1-4 lateral, female spikes of showy sedge as seen as seen in pumice sands along the South Climb Trail of Mt. Adams..........August 23, 2008.

Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa) - Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa)

Showy sedge (at left) growing on Little Mount Adams on the southeastern slopes of Mt. Adams............August 13, 2012. The photo at right shows showy sedge blooming with mountain arnica (Arnica latifolia) in wet meadows at the base of the terminal moraine of the Adams Glacier, Mt. Adams Wilderness.........August 6, 2017.

Habitat photo of showy sedge: Carex spectabilis - Habitat photo of showy sedge: Carex spectabilis

The 2 photos above show close-ups of showy sedge as seen in pumice sands along the South Climb Trail of Mt. Adams..........August 23, 2008.

Perigynia of Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa) - Inflorescence of Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa) - Inflorescence of Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa)

The photos above shows a close-up of the perigynia and spikes of showy sedge as seen in moist meadows (around the periphery of a shallow pond) along the Pacific Crest Trail about one-half mile west of its junction with the Stagman Ridge Trail #12.........September 13, 2008.

Inflorescence of Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa) - Inflorescence of Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa) - Inflorescence of Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa)

The photos on this page show an unknown sedge as seen in moist soils at about 6800' below Lava Glacier on the northern slopes of Mt. Adams..............July 23, 2005. There appears to be a single male head at the apex of the inflorescence and several lateral female spikes.

Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis

Showy sedge as seen along the climber's trail in moist meadows on Mt. Adams about one-quarter mile southeast of the southern lateral moraine to Mazama Glacier.........July 19, 2009.

Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa) - Inflorescence of Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa)

Lateral female spike of Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa) - Inflorescence of Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa) - Inflorescence of Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa)

Additional close-ups of the inflorescence of showy sedge as seen on alpine slopes between High Camp and the terminal moraine for the Adams Glacier, Mt. Adams Wilderness............August 19, 2013.

Showy Sedge: Carex spectabilis (Synonyms: Carex invisa, Carex nigella, Carex spectabilis var. superba, Carex tolmiei, Carex tolmiei var. invisa)

Showy sedge at its most colorful, upper Horseshoe Meadows, Mount Adams Wilderness..........October 5, 2014.

Paul Slichter