Carex pallescens - L.
Pale Sedge
Other Common Names: pale sedge
Taxonomic Status: Accepted
Related ITIS Name(s): Carex pallescens L. (TSN 39738)
Unique Identifier: ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.147943
Element Code: PMCYP03A00
Informal Taxonomy: Plants, Vascular - Flowering Plants - Sedge Family
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Plantae Anthophyta Monocotyledoneae Cyperales Cyperaceae Carex
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Concept Reference
Concept Reference: Kartesz, J.T. 1994. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland. 2nd edition. 2 vols. Timber Press, Portland, OR.
Concept Reference Code: B94KAR01HQUS
Name Used in Concept Reference: Carex pallescens
Conservation Status

NatureServe Status

Global Status: G5
Global Status Last Reviewed: 13May2016
Global Status Last Changed: 29Feb1984
Ranking Methodology Used: Ranked by inspection
Rounded Global Status: G5 - Secure
Nation: United States
National Status: NNR
Nation: Canada
National Status: N5 (08Sep2002)

U.S. & Canada State/Province Status
United States Connecticut (SNR), District of Columbia (SX), Illinois (SX), Indiana (SNR), Maine (SNR), Massachusetts (SNR), Michigan (S3), Minnesota (S1), Montana (SU), New Hampshire (SNR), New Jersey (S2), New York (S5), Ohio (S2), Pennsylvania (SNR), Rhode Island (SNR), Tennessee (S1), Vermont (SNR), Virginia (S1), Washington (SNR), Wisconsin (S3)
Canada British Columbia (SNA), New Brunswick (S5), Newfoundland Island (S3), Nova Scotia (S5), Ontario (S5), Prince Edward Island (S3S4), Quebec (S5)

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U.S. States and Canadian Provinces
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U.S. & Canada State/Province Distribution
United States CT, DCextirpated, ILextirpated, IN, MA, ME, MI, MN, MT, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT, WA, WI
Canada BCexotic, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC

Range Map
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U.S. Distribution by County Help
State County Name (FIPS Code)
MN Cook (27031), Itasca (27061), Koochiching (27071), Lake (27075), St. Louis (27137)
MT Ravalli (30081)
NJ Bergen (34003)*, Essex (34013)*, Hunterdon (34019)*, Middlesex (34023)*, Morris (34027)*, Ocean (34029)*, Passaic (34031)*, Somerset (34035)*, Sussex (34037)*, Union (34039)*, Warren (34041)*
OH Ashtabula (39007), Cuyahoga (39035)*, Geauga (39055), Lake (39085), Portage (39133), Summit (39153), Trumbull (39155)
TN Unicoi (47171)
VA Grayson (51077)
WA Stevens (53065)
* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
U.S. Distribution by Watershed Help
Watershed Region Help Watershed Name (Watershed Code)
02 Rondout (02020007)+*, Hackensack-Passaic (02030103)+*, Sandy Hook-Staten Island (02030104)+*, Raritan (02030105)+*, Middle Delaware-Mongaup-Brodhead (02040104)+*, Middle Delaware-Musconetcong (02040105)+*, Mullica-Toms (02040301)+*
04 Baptism-Brule (04010101)+, Beaver-Lester (04010102)+, St. Louis (04010201)+, Lake Superior (04020300)+, Black-Rocky (04110001)+*, Cuyahoga (04110002)+, Ashtabula-Chagrin (04110003)+, Grand (04110004)+, Chautauqua-Conneaut (04120101)+
05 Shenango (05030102)+, Mahoning (05030103)+, Upper New (05050001)+
06 Nolichucky (06010108)+
07 Prairie-Willow (07010103)+
09 Lower Rainy (09030008)+
17 Bitterroot (17010205)+, Colville (17020003)+
+ Natural heritage record(s) exist for this watershed
* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
Ecology & Life History
General Description: Palish Sedge is a clumped perennial with flowering stems 15-75 cm high. Leaves are pale green, flat, 2-5 mm wide, and the lower have long, spreading hairs. 3-5 spikes are borne on the top of the stem. The terminal spike is made up of male flowers, and the lateral spikes are thick-cylindrical, 0.5-2.2 cm, on short stalks and made up of female flowers. Scales are acute and about the same length as perigynia. Perigynia are rounded on top, without a beak, and nerveless or faintly nerved. Each periygnium has 3 styles and a lens-shaped achene.
Diagnostic Characteristics: Distinguished from CAREX TORREYI by the rounded perigynium top, lack of a beak and lack of a strongly-ribbed surface. A hand lens or microscope are needed for positive identification.
Economic Attributes Not yet assessed
Management Summary Not yet assessed
Population/Occurrence Delineation Not yet assessed
Population/Occurrence Viability
U.S. Invasive Species Impact Rank (I-Rank) Not yet assessed
Element Ecology & Life History Edition Date: 21Oct1999
Element Ecology & Life History Author(s): BLH

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