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Carex exilis Dewey. Section: [26o] Section 11 Stellulatae. Meager Sedge, Exiled Sedge. Phen: May-Jun. Hab: Peaty seepage bogs. Dist: NL (Newfoundland) and NL (Labrador) west to ON and n. MN, south to NJ, DE, MD, NY, n. MI, n. WI, and n. MN; disjunct southward in the Atlantic Coastal Plain of sc. NC and in the Gulf Coastal Plain of se. MS, sw. GA, and sw. AL. The southern occurrences are remarkably disjunct from the Canadian, northern Coastal Plain, and Great Lakes distribution.

ID notes:This species is distinct in section Stellulatae in having singular terminal spikes and involute leaves.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Other Comments: Initially discovered in GA e. of Columbus (Marion County) by Tom Patrick and recently confirmed by Joyce Klaus (S. Ward, pers. comm., 2023). It also seems likely that this species awaits discovery in far western FL, given the abundance of seepage slopes, and discoveries in nearby Mobile and Baldwin counties, AL (Orzell and Bridges 1991).

Synonymy: = C, F, FNA23, G, K1, K3, K4, Mi, NE, NY, RAB, Tat, Mackenzie (1931-1935)

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: OBL
  • Great Plains: OBL
  • Northcentral & Northeast: OBL

Heliophily: 8

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