Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Appalachian Sedge
Carex appalachica
Family: Cyperaceae

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

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S2?

Dry mesic woodland openings.

Species Description:
Perennial sedge.

Flowering Period: Early April to late May.
Fruiting Period: Early May to late June.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This sedge is in the section Phaestoglochin (Bracteosae). It is cespitose (growing in dense low tufts), has fertile arching stems, and the inflorescence is spicate with individual spikes distinctly separate. Perigynia more than 1mm wide, planoconvex (not 3 sided) and the base cuneate. Species has an Appalachian distribution and generally found in well-drained sites (whereas C. radiata is found in moister places).

Extensive tree removal would very likely be detrimental.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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