Carex novae-angliae
New England sedge
Image of Carex novae-angliae

Photo by Robert W. Freckmann 

Key Characteristics

Loosely clumped sedge of mesic northern forests; leaves 1 mm wide, often taller than fruiting culm; spikes small with terminal spikelet staminate, pistillate spikelets few but not overlapping; perigynia pale green and ellipsoid.

Status and Rank

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


County NameNumber of OccurrencesYear Last Observed
Distribution map for Carex novae-angliae

Updated 5/15/2018. 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.


Found in moist, shaded hardwood forests, especially in disturbed places (tree tip ups, logging roads, game trails).

Natural Community Types


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.

Associated Plants

Sugar maple, beech, fly honeysuckle, and fringed sedge.


Little known of specific management needs, although some level of disturbance may be needed. Where it occurs in wetland environments, protection of hydrology is likely important.

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 [Accessed Aug 16, 2018]


Survey References

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