Plants and Animals
Carex trichocarpa Hairy-fruited sedge
Clumped sedge of riparian wetlands; leaves 3-9 mm with reddish bases; perigynia pubescent and relatively large (7-9 mm long) with prominent beaks.
Status and Rank
US Status: No Status/Not Listed
State Status: SC - Special Concern (rare or uncertain; not legally protected)
Global Rank: G4 - Apparently secure
State Rank: S2 - Imperiled
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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.
Occurs on the margins of floodplain forests and in open wetlands along streams and marsh borders.
Natural Community Types
- Emergent marsh
- Floodplain forest
- Great lakes marsh
- Northern wet meadow
- Prairie fen
- Southern hardwood swamp
- Southern shrub-carr
- Southern wet meadow
- Wet prairie
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.
Strict sedge, bluejoint grass, Joe-pye weed, boneset, pussy willow, and lake sedge.
This species appears to require openings on edges of southern floodplains; maintain natural disturbance regime.
Random meander search covers areas that appear likely to have rare taxa, based on habitat and the judgement of the investigator.
Survey Period: From fourth week of May to fourth week of June
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