Section C. sect. Ovales
Higher classification Sedges
Scientific name Carex leporinella
|Similar Carex jonesii, Carex illota, Sedges, Carex subnigricans, Carex raynoldsii|
Carex leporinella is a species of sedge known by the common name Sierra hare sedge.
This sedge is native to the western United States from California, such as the Sierra Nevada, to Wyoming, where it grows in moist mountain habitats, such as meadows.
Carex leporinella produces dense clumps of thin stems up to about 30 centimeters tall. There are a few leaves at each stem, each very narrow and generally folded or rolled.
The open inflorescence is a cluster of several golden to brown spikes, their flowers covered with reddish-brown, white-edged scales. The fruit is coated in a winged, curved, light-colored sac called a perigynium.