New York Natural Heritage Program
Hair-like Sedge
Carex capillaris L.
Monocots
Carex capillaris line drawing Britton, N.L., and A. Brown (1913); downloaded from USDA-Plants Database.
Family: Sedge Family (Cyperaceae)

State Protection: Endangered
listed species are those with: 1) 5 or fewer extant sites, or 2) fewer than 1,000 individuals, or 3) restricted to fewer than 4 U.S.G.S. 7 minute topographical maps, or 4) species listed as endangered by U.S. Department of Interior.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1
A State Rarity Rank of S1 means: This plant is endangered/critically imperiled in New York because of extreme rarity (typically 5 or fewer populations or very few remaining individuals) or is extremely vulnerable to extirpation from New York due to biological factors.

Global Rarity Rank: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: This species is demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
The specific epithet capillaris means hair like (Fernald 1970) which is probably in reference to the narrow culms and perhaps the relatively narrow leaves.

State Ranking Justification [-]
Only known from a single site in the Hudson River Gorge of Hamilton County with two additional historical sites in Cortland County and one in Onondaga County. Little information is known about any of these sites so more information is needed; however, it does seem clear that this plant was always rare within New York.

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