New York Natural Heritage Program
Bent Sedge
Carex styloflexa Buckl.

New York State Distribution [-]
In New York, Carex styloflexa is almost entirely known from the greater New York City area including Nassau and western Suffolk County. There are also a few known populations from the Mohonk Preserve in Ulster County. There is one old record from Tioga and another from Madison County in central New York. In addition, there is a more recent record from Rensselaer County in eastern New York. These three populations are disjunct from the rest of the known occurrences and should be verified for accuracy.

Global Distribution [-]
Carex styloflexa is almost strictly a coastal plain species where it is common on the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains from New York (and perhaps Vermont) south to Florida and the eastern third of Texas. It is uncommon inland in the Piedmonts and Appalachian Mountains and occurs as far north as Illinois, historically in Ohio, and possibly Indiana. (In Indiana, past records were misidentified and there is no proof of its existing in the state [Hellmich 1994].) It is possible that the species may range south of the United States border, but Bryson (1994) knows of no such collections and notes that he has never seen it south of the orange-growing region in Florida. The range for C. styloflexa is very similar to the botanically comparable C. striatula; however, C. striatula is more common further inland on the continent (Bryson 1994). On the northeastern end of its range, historic collections were made in Connecticut, one of which was from Seldens Neck in Lyme (Graves 1899, Fernald 1902). The New York sites include historic collections from Long Island and New York City, plus one recent record from Rensselaer Co. Some upstate records are thought to be misidentifications (New York Natural Heritage Program 1994).
Best Places to See
• Connetquot River State Park (Suffolk County)