Carex festucacea
Fescue sedge
Image of Carex festucacea

Photo by Emmet J. Judziewicz 

Key Characteristics

Clumped Ovales sedge of marshes and other lowland habitats; leaves 2-5 mm wide; inflorescence nodding and open, terminal spike with conspicuous staminate base; perigynia flattened, winged, broadly ovate.

Status and Rank

  • State Status: SC
  • State Rank: S1
  • Global Rank: G5

Occurrences

County NameNumber of OccurrencesYear Last Observed
Allegan11989
Kalamazoo11952
Monroe11927
St. Clair11920
Washtenaw11970
Distribution map for Carex festucacea

Updated 1/31/2017. Information is summarized from MNFI's database of rare species and community occurrences. Data may not reflect true distribution since much of the state has not been thoroughly surveyed.

Habitat

Little habitat data are available; noted only as being collected in low ground and marshes.

Natural Community Types

Methodology

For each species, lists of natural communities were derived from review of the nearly 6,500 element occurrences in the MNFI database, in addition to herbarium label data for some taxa. In most cases, at least one specimen record exists for each listed natural community. For certain taxa, especially poorly collected or extirpated species of prairie and savanna habitats, natural community lists were derived from inferences from collection sites and habitat preferences in immediately adjacent states (particularly Indiana and Illinois). Natural communities are not listed for those species documented only from altered or ruderal habitats in Michigan, especially for taxa that occur in a variety of habitats outside of the state.

Natural communities are not listed in order of frequency of occurrence, but are rather derived from the full set of natural communities, organized by Ecological Group. In many cases, the general habitat descriptions should provide greater clarity and direction to the surveyor. In future versions of the Rare Species Explorer, we hope to incorporate natural community fidelity ranks for each taxon.

Feel free to send questions and comments to Brad Slaughter at slaugh14@msu.edu.

Associated Plants

Red ash, red maple, bluejoint grass, flat-topped goldenrod, spikerush, and willow.

Management

The species requires maintenance of the hydrological regime. Fire may also be important in maintaining habitat.

General Survey Guidelines

Random meander search covers areas that appear likely to have rare taxa, based on habitat and the judgement of the investigator.

Survey Methods

Page Citation

Michigan Natural Features Inventory. 2007. Rare Species Explorer (Web Application). Available online at http://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/explorer [Accessed Mar 28, 2017]

References

Survey References

Technical References