Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Crawe's Sedge
Carex crawei
Family: Cyperaceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S2S3

Cedar glades and prairies.

Species Description:
Perennial sedge.

Flowering Period: Mid April to late May.
Fruiting Period: Mid May to mid June.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Small sedge usually less than 1 dm (although it may be up to 3 dm). It has a distinctive pale green color to the leaves and these are slightly recurved and stiff. It is associated with thin soils that are usually moist in the spring. It is rhizomatous with a 3-sided achene and perigynia; the perigynia has a short straight beak, rounded base and several raised veins.

Woody plant invasion may need to be controlled using periodic prescribed fire, mowing or other means, although this glade habitat is often naturally maintained by thin soils. Timber removal may be beneficial. Hand removal of trees in the vicinityof the plants is needed to avoid impacts from woody plant removal. Soil disturbance such as ATV trails or timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species

Global Range:
Ranges from Quebec to Alberta and Washington, south to Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Kansas, Alabama, and New Jersey.

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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