Carex albicans Spreng.
Common Name: SEDGE
Synonym: Carex artitecta, Carex emmonsii
Coefficient of Conservatism: 3
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Nt P-Sedge

Carex albicans A. A. Reznicek

In Michigan, we have two varieties usually separated by their somewhat differing habitat preferences.

The var. albicans (C. artitecta of Michigan Flora), with staminate scales ± obtuse or broadly acute, the midrib usually weak or absent just below the tip, and culms ± erect and usually surpassing the leaves, occurs in sandy upland hardwoods, sometimes persisting in the open, mostly in southwestern Michigan.

Carex albicans var. emmonsii (Torr.) Rettig (C. emmonsii of Michigan Flora) has staminate scales narrowed to a sharp, often slightly scabrous tip [15×], the midrib prominent to the end or even slightly excurrent, and the culms weak, usually loosely spreading or arching and usually shorter than the leaves. It is more widespread than var. albicans and occurs in moist to dry acidic, sandy or peaty open or shaded ground, often on hummocks in swamp forests, and near wetlands.


Allegan County
Arenac County
Barry County
Bay County
Berrien County
Cass County
Clare County
Clinton County
Crawford County
Huron County
Ingham County
Isabella County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Lake County
Manistee County
Midland County
Missaukee County
Monroe County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Ottawa County
Saginaw County
Sanilac County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Van Buren County
Wayne County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. October 27, 2021.