Plants and Animals
Carex wiegandii Wiegand's sedge
Densely clumped sedge of bogs and acidic swamps; leaves 3-5 mm; perigynia flattened and strongly reflexed with toothed beaks.
Status and Rank
State Status: SC - Special Concern (rare or uncertain; not legally protected)
Global Rank: G4 - Apparently secure
State Rank: S3 - Vulnerable
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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.
Found in thin peatlands on glacial lakeplains, occasionally in open bogs, and often in transition zones between poor conifer swamp and sedge meadow or shrub thickets.
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.
Trees: Acer rubrum (red maple), Picea mariana (black spruce), Pinus banksiana (jack pine).
Shrubs: Aronia prunifolia (black chokeberry), Chamaedaphne calyculata (leatherleaf), Kalmia polifolia (bog-laurel), Rhododendron groenlandicum (Labrador-tea), Vaccinium angustifolium (low sweet blueberry).
Ground layer: Carex oligosperma (few-seed sedge), C. stricta (tussock sedge), Iris versicolor (northern blue-flag), Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern), Scirpus cyperinus (wool-grass), Sphagnum spp. (sphagnum mosses).
Likely requires conservation of hydrology and local disturbance regimes.
Random meander search covers areas that appear likely to have rare taxa, based on habitat and the judgement of the investigator.
Survey Period: From first week of June to second week of August
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