Carex straminiformis Provisional Herbaceous Alliance
Mount Shasta sedge meadows

Summary Information

  • Primary Life FormHerb
  • Elevation2300-3800 m
  • State RarityS3?
  • Global RarityG3?
  • DistributionUSA: CA, NV (NatureServe)
  • Endemic to CaliforniaNo
  • Endemic to California Floristic Province and DesertsNo
  • Date Added2009/09/01

Characteristic Species

Carex straminiformis is dominant in the herbaceous layer with Achnatherum nelsonii, Agoseris glauca, Antennaria rosea, Cistanthe umbellata, Elymus elymoides, Gayophytum diffusum, Lupinus sellulus, Poa cusickii, Polygonum douglasii and Trisetum spicatum.

Vegetation Layers

Herbs < 50 cm: cover is open to intermittent.


Moist meadows.

Other Habitat, Alliance, and Community Groupings

MCV (1995) Sedge series
NVCS (2009) Carex straminiformis herbaceous alliance
Calveg Perennial grasses and forbs
Holland Dry subalpine or alpine meadow, Alpine fell-field
Munz Subalpine forest
WHR Alpine dwarf-shrub
CDFW CA Code 45.185.00