Carex merritt-fernaldii Mack.
Common Name: SEDGE
Coefficient of Conservatism: 4
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Nt P-Sedge

Carex merritt-fernaldii A. A. Reznicek

Dry, acidic, sandy or rocky soil, often with aspens or jack pine; often appearing after disturbance.

The thinner perigynia and papillose leaf sheaths (at high magnification) will distinguish this species from C. molesta and C. brevior. The perigynia are often not as membranous as those of C. bicknellii. This is often a large, striking species and is much more frequent northwards. Although usually erect, in robust clumps some inflorescences can be arching or even nodding.

Locations

Alger County
Alpena County
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
Clare County
Crawford County
Emmet County
Gogebic County
Houghton County
Iron County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Macomb County
Marquette County
Mason County
Muskegon County
Ontonagon County
Ottawa County
Schoolcraft County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 11, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1007.