Carex woodii    Dewey

Wood's Sedge 


MN Status:
delisted
Federal Status:
none
CITES:
none
USFS:
none

Group:
vascular plant
Class:
Monocotyledoneae
Order:
Cyperales
Family:
Cyperaceae
Life Form:
graminoid
Longevity:
perennial
Leaf Duration:
deciduous
Water Regime:
terrestrial
Soils:
loam
Light:
full shade
Habitats:

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Carex woodii Carex woodii Carex woodii

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Carex woodii
Minnesota range map
Map Interpretation
North American range map
Map Interpretation

  Basis for Former Listing

Until fairly recently, Carex woodii was considered a very rare species in Minnesota and believed to be confined to relatively few sites in mature forests in the southeastern corner of the state. Beginning in the 1990s, an increased awareness of this species resulted in numerous new records from that part of the state. This was primarily the result of survey work conducted by the Minnesota Biological Survey (MBS). As field botanists from MBS moved northward, they documented occurrences at several additional sites in central Minnesota - a region of the state where C. woodii had not been found before - and even one site in the northeast. Such a widespread distribution in the state was unexpected, and indicated that a renewed look at the conservation needs of this species was warranted. Carex woodii was listed as a special concern species in Minnesota in 1984.

  Basis for Delisting

Because of the increased awareness and surveys for C. woodii, over 90 additional populations have been found. Carex woodii is now considered to be more common and widespread than originally thought. Therefore, special concern status for this species is no longer necessary. Carex woodii was delisted in 2013.

  References and Additional Information

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 2012. Statement of need and reasonableness. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Division of Ecological and Water Resources. St. Paul, Minnesota. 337 pp.

Rothrock, P. E., and A. A. Reznicek. 2002. Carex sect. Paniceae. Pages 426-431 in Flora of North America Editorial Committee, editors. Flora of North America north of Mexico. Volume 23. Oxford University Press, New York, New York.