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

State Protection: Threatened
listed species are those with: 1) 6 to fewer than 20 extant sites, or 2) 1,000 to fewer than 3,000 individuals, or 3) restricted to not less than 4 or more than 7 U.S.G.S. 7 minute topographical maps, or 4) listed as threatened by U.S. Department of Interior.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S2S3
A State Rarity Rank of S2S3 means: Imperiled or Vulnerable in New York - Very vulnerable to disappearing from New York, or vulnerable to becoming imperiled in New York, due to rarity or other factors; typically 6 to 80 populations or locations in New York, few individuals, restricted range, few remaining acres (or miles of stream), and/or recent and widespread declines. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.

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?
This species is named for Edwin James (1797-1861) who discovered this plant. Carex jamesii is part of a complex of three species, the other two, C. juniperorum and C. timida, were only recently described (1993 and 2001 respectively).

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are 13 known populations in New York, and at least an additional eight historical sites. This sedge is limited to calcareous areas of central/western New York. It does appear to be threatened by invasive species and does not respond well to logging as other sedges are able to do.

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