Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Coastal Plain Sedge
Carex crebriflora
Family: Cyperaceae

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

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S1?

Bottomland and other nutrient-rich forests (Weakley 2011); mesic loess bluffs in Western KY.

Species Description:
Perennial sedge.

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

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This sedge is in the section Laxiflorae. The stems are sharply triangular, somewhat winged, and with downward pointing teeth. The basal sheaths are brown and the plant is generally not purple at the base; the plant forms large tufts and occurs in wet woods. The perigynia is yellow colored and tapers at both top and bottom (fusiform). The staminate spike is shorter than a few (usually 1 or 2) pistillate spikes. Perigynia 3.5-5mm, 2-ribbed but with less prominent nerves as well.

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