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Carex michauxiana

Carex michauxiana Boeckeler

Michaux's Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Carex abacta

USDA Symbol: CAMI15

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)

Named after Andre Michaux (1746-1803), a French botanist and collector who spent 10 years exploring North America. (Kershaw)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent. Bloom time refers to fruiting period for Carex spp.


USA: MA , ME , MI , MN , NH , NY , PA , VT , WI
Canada: NB , NL , NS , ON , QC
Native Habitat: Riparian,Bog/Fen

Growing Conditions

Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: OBL OBL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Carex michauxiana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Carex michauxiana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Carex michauxiana


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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