Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Fraser's Sedge
Cymophyllus fraserianus
Family: Cyperaceae

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

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S1

Rich mountain woods; cove forests, mostly rather acidic and associated with rhododendron maximum, at moderate elevations (Weakley 2011); in KY, reported along streams at the base of mnt slopes (Medley 1993).

Species Description:
Perennial sedge.

Flowering Period: Early May to late June.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Sedge with strap shaped, thick, flat blades. Stems at the base are covered by overlapping sheaths and extend into a solitary terminal spike. Achenes are enclosed in a white saclike structure (perigynia).

Disturbance of surrounding areas such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental. Timber removal may be harmful because of resulting changes in site moisture and light. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species. Avoid creating access to the site through trail or road construction.

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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