General Research Observations
Occurrence ID (GUID): f2b18a8d-3ad0-44fe-b6d5-86c91539b36c
Taxon: Carex praegracilis W. Boott
Family: Cyperaceae
Collector: Frates, Tony   1002   
Date: 2018-04-14
Locality: United States, Utah, Salt Lake, Millcreek, Big Cottonwood East park, approx. 150 meters north of Murray-Holladay Blvd at roughly 1625 East
40.668437  -111.846055 +-5m.  WGS84
Elevation: 1320 meters (4330ft)
Habitat: Vernally moist meadow, mostly with full sun exposure, near base of a lone, young Fremont's Cottonwood
Associated Species: Natives: Juncus arcticus var. balticus, Carex lenticularis, Carex pellita, Populus fremontii; non-natives: Dipsacus fullonum, Dactylis glomerata, Agrostis stolonifera, Trifolium fragiferum, and a grass resembling Crabgrass.
Description: Plants mostly 10 to 15 cm tall, early anthesis, tending to grow in slightly drier areas in the meadow
Reproductive Condition: Flowering
Notes: Some standing water nearby from recent storm. This meadow is routinely mowed several times per year by park maintenance crews (but has not yet been mowed this year). Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) is the most problematic weed directly threatening the relatively few remaining native species in the meadow (continued mowing has only marginally controlled its numbers). C. praegracilis is typically one of the earliest species to flower here; C. pellita growing nearby is only just barely starting, and an adjoining unusual valley elevation patch of C. lenticularis is nowhere near flowering.
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Author: Tony Frates
Record ID: f2b18a8d-3ad0-44fe-b6d5-86c91539b36c
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