New York Natural Heritage Program
Back's Sedge
Carex backii Boott
Kingdom: Plantae

      Phylum: Anthophyta

           Class: Monocots (Monocotyledoneae)

                Order: Cyperales

                     Family: Sedge Family (Cyperaceae)

Additional Common Names [-]
  • Rocky Mountain Sedge
  • Sedge

Synonyms [-]
  • Carex durifolia Bailey

Comments on the Classification [-]
The closely related species Carex saximontana (from the Great Plains) has sometimes been considered a synonym of C. backii (e.g. Gleason and Cronquist 1991). Recent work has shown that the two are distinct and that a third recently described species, C. cordillerana (from west of the Rockies), may have led to previous confusion regarding the distinctiveness of C. saximontana (Saarela and Ford 2001).