Seward Wetland Mapping Project

Chugach National Forest Plant Community Descriptions

From: R.L. DeVelice, C.J. Hubbard, K. Boggs, S. Boudreau, M. Potkin, T. Boucher and C. Wertheim.  1999.  Plant Community Types of the Chugach National Forest: southcentral Alaska.  USDA Forest Service, Chugach National Forest, Alaska Region Technical Publication R10-TP-76.  Anchorage, AK.  375pp. (download 3.5Mb .pdf)

Carex pauciflora

(fewflower sedge)

(CARPAU, 3 sites)

IIIA3j. Wet graminoid herbaceous, subarctic lowland sedge bog

A fewflower sedge sloping peatland on the 800' bench above Fourth of July Creek.

Vegetation- Carex pauciflora (fewflower sedge) is abundant and dominates

this type. Eriophorum angustifolium (tall cottongrass) is common to well

represented. A consistent dwarf shrub is Vaccinium uliginosum (bog

blueberry), although others, Andromeda polifolia (bog rosemary), Empetrum

nigrum (crowberry), and Oxycoccus microcarpus (bog cranberry) may be

common to well represented. Fauria crista-galli (deer cabbage) and Geum

calthifolium (calthaleaf avens) are common to well represented. Cornus

canadensis (bunchberry), Drosera rotundifolia (roundleaf sundew), Gentiana

douglasiana (swamp gentian), Pedicularis parviflora (smallflower lousewort),

and Trichophorum caespitosum (tufted bulrush) may also be common to well


Physical setting- Fewflower sedge is a minor type in Prince William Sound.

It occurs on low relief hills and non-disturbed mountain side slopes. Sites

sampled are on all but southerly aspects, on slopes less than 5 percent, and

at elevations to 520 feet.

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03 November 2006 12:13