Carex inops L. H. Bailey
Common Name: SEDGE
Synonym: Carex pensylvanica
Coefficient of Conservatism: 7
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Nt P-Sedge
Status: SC
Carex inops var. inops B. S. Walters var. inops

Included in C. pensylvanica in Michigan Flora.

Primarily a prairie species of dry, open, sandy soils and bluffs, rare and scattered (or overlooked?) eastward. Michigan plants are subsp. heliophila (Mack.) Crins and are difficult to distinguish from C. pensylvanica except with well-developed, mature perigynia. The staminate spikes often appear clavate, with the upper scales long-acuminate and spreading, and the perigynium beaks can reach 1.3 mm long.


Kalamazoo County
Keweenaw County


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