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Published In: Botaniceskii Zhurnal (St. Petersburg) 1(6): 191. 1907. (Bot. Zhurn. (St. Petersburg)) Name publication detail

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Synonym Text: C. vesicaria L. var. pamirica O. Fedtsch. in Acta Horti Petrop. 21: 432. 1903. C. pamirica (O. Fedtsch.) B. Fedtsch., Fl. Turkest. 2: 70. 1907, preprint from Acta Horti Petrop. 28, 1: 70. 1908, and Acta Horti Petrop. 28, 1: 123. 1908. C. obscuriceps Kük. var. pamirica (O. Fedtsch.) Kük., in Engler, Pflanzenr. IV, 20, 38: 724. 1909. C. pamirensis C.B. Clarke ex B. Fedtsch., l.c.: 191. 1907 pro syn.; descr. in Kew Bull. Misc. Inform., Add. Series 8: 87 (1908); C. dichroa (Freyn) V. Krecz. subsp. pamirensis (C.B. Clarke ex B. Fedtsch.) Egor. in Nov. Syst. Pl. Vasc. 22: 54. 1985.
Flower/Fruit: Fl. Per.: June-September.
Type: Type: "Turkestan, Pamir", 14.VIII.1878. A. Kuschakewitsch s.n. (LE!).
Habitat: Wet mountain meadows, sometimes in water; 2600-4000 m.
Distribution: Distribution.: Central Asia from Tian Shan Mts. to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Name Carex pamirica is validated through short note by B. Fedtschenko (1907), it does not include description, but gives reference to O. & B. Fedtschenko (l.c., 1903), where taxon is validly described at varietal level. See also Egorova, in A. I. Vvedensky (ed.), Consp. Fl. Asiae Mediae 5: 6-98. 1976.
Map Location: B-8 Kashmir: Astor, Rama, 10 000', Nasir & Webster 6441 (RAW); B-8/9 Deosai, Nasir & Webster 6539 (RAW); Kishensar Lake, 12300 ft, Polunin 56/668 (E);


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Loosely tufted perennial, 30-70 cm. Rhizome horizontal, scales grey-brown, strongly nerved. Stem trigonous, soft, smooth or slightly scabrous above. Leaves up to equalling stem length; sheaths 5-14 cm, grey or whitish, sometimes with reddish tint, thick, soft, margin of scarious side almost straight; ligule scarious, to 1 mm; blades 4-5 mm wide, flat or slightly carinate, soft, basal parts conspicuously septate, apex long acuminate, slightly scabrous. Inflorescence of 1-3 male spikes above and 1-3 female spikes below. Bracts sheath-less, mostly overtopping inflorescence. Male spikes (10-)20-50 mm, fusiform, sessile, overlapping; male glumes 4.6-5.3 x 1.3-1.5 mm, lanceolate to oblanceolate, obtuse, margins scarious. Female spikes 20-35 x 8-11 mm, cylindrical or ellipsoid, lower with peduncle up to 10 mm, often slightly drooping; female glumes 3.9-4.5 x 1-1.7 mm, lanceolate, acute, dark brown to dark reddish brown, apex and margins scarious; utricles 4.2-5.6 x 1.7-2.5 mm, ovoid to ellipsoid, membranous, mostly clearly nerved, yellowish or brownish, inflated, glossy, beak 0.7-1.1 mm, cylindrical, yellowish or dark brown, truncate, oblique or obscurely bidentate. Stigmas 3. Nut 2-2.2 x 1.3-1.4 mm, obovoid, trigonous, greenish brown, glossy, reticulate with papilla in each areole.
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