Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Summer Sedge
Carex aestivalis
Family: Cyperaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S1

Sandstone and acidic soils of mountain woods; in KY sandstone cliff faces and high elevation rich woods.

Species Description:
Perennial sedge.

Flowering Period: Early May to late June.
Fruiting Period: Mid June to mid September.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This sedge is in the section Hymenochlaenae (the "Gracillimae" group). It's culms are purplish at the base and of various lengths. Leaf blades and sheaths are pubescent. The 3-sided periginia of this sedge is beaked and tapers to a tip.

Disturbance of surrounding slopes such as ATV trails or timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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