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Carex howei Mackenzie. Section: [26o] Section 11 Stellulatae. Howe's Sedge, Prickly Bog Sedge. Phen: May-Jun. Hab: Bogs and seepages, often growing in Sphagnum. Dist: NS west to MI and nw. IN, south to c. peninsular FL and e. TX, predominantly (but by no means strictly) on the Coastal Plain.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: See C. atlantica for discussion of the relationship between the two taxa.

Synonymy: = F, G, GW1, RAB, Tat, Va, W, Mackenzie (1931-1935); = Carex atlantica L.H.Bailey ssp. capillacea (L.H.Bailey) Reznicek – Ar, FNA23, Il, K1, K3, K4, Mi, NE, NY, Pa, Tn, WH3; = Carex atlantica L.H.Bailey var. capillacea (L.H.Bailey) Cronquist – C, ETx1; = Carex capillacea L.H.Bailey, illegitimate; = Carex triceps Michx., illegitimate; < Carex atlantica L.H.Bailey – Tx; > Carex howei Mack. – S; > Carex mohriana Mack. – S

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Great Plains: OBL (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Midwest: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)

Heliophily ?: 7

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