Carex canescens L.
Common Name: SEDGE
Coefficient of Conservatism: 8
Coefficient of Wetness: -5
Wetness Index: OBL
Physiognomy: Nt P-Sedge

Carex canescens R. Routledge

Usually in sphagnum bogs and older tamarack, cedar, and fir stands; also pond and stream margins, marshy or boggy ground, alder thickets, and rarely elm-maple swamps.

The majority of our specimens are the eastern North American subsp. disjuncta (Fernald) Toivonen, with inflorescences mostly 6–12 cm long, often nodding, and the spikes well separated, with the two lower spikes separated by more than 1.5 cm. This taxon occurs throughout the state. Most common in the Upper Peninsula is the circumboreal subsp. canescens with inflorescences 3–7 cm long and the spikes closer together, even the lowest separated by less than 1.5 cm. Separation of the two subspecies often seems arbitrary in Michigan. Small specimens may be hard to tell from C. brunnescens, but the papillose perigynia are diagnostic.


Alcona County
Alger County
Alpena County
Arenac County
Baraga County
Barry County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Calhoun County
Cass County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
    Including Drummond Island
Clare County
Crawford County
Delta County
Eaton County
Emmet County
Genesee County
Gogebic County
Grand Traverse County
Gratiot County
Houghton County
Huron County
Ingham County
Ionia County
Iosco County
Iron County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Lake County
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
    Including Manitou Islands
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Luce County
Mackinac County
Macomb County
Marquette County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Midland County
Monroe County
Montmorency County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Ogemaw County
Ontonagon County
Oscoda County
Presque Isle County
Roscommon County
Schoolcraft County
Shiawassee County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Tuscola County
Washtenaw County
Wexford County


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