Lesser Panicled Sedge
State Status: Pennsylvania Threatened (PT)
PBS Status: Pennsylvania Threatened (PT)
Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S2
Lesser Panicled Sedge is a perennial grass-like plant with three-sided stems that may grow to 0.75 m in height. The leaves include a sheathing basal portion, which may have small scattered red dots
Imperiled in the nation or state because of rarity due to very restricted range, very few populations (often 20 or fewer), steep declines, or other factors making it very vulnerable to extirpation from the nation or state.
The species grows in bogs, peaty wetlands, and marshes.
Fruits late May - mid-August
Lesser Panicled Sedge has a transcontinental range across the cooler regions of North America. In Pennsylvania, it is considered a northern species, and has been documented historically in the glaciated northe
The viability of populations of Lesser Panicled Sedge and its habitat may be enhanced by creating buffers and protecting the natural hydrology around wetlands and controlling invasive species.
Conservation Status Map
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- Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program. 2018.
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- 2007. The Plants of Pennsylvania: An Illustrated Manual. 2nd edition. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.