New York Natural Heritage Program
Bigelow's Sedge
Carex bigelowii Torr. ex Schwein.
Carex bigelowii line drawing Britton, N.L., and A. Brown (1913); downloaded from USDA-Plants Database.
Family: Sedge Family (Cyperaceae)

State Protection: Threatened
listed species are those with: 1) 6 to fewer than 20 extant sites, or 2) 1,000 to fewer than 3,000 individuals, or 3) restricted to not less than 4 or more than 7 U.S.G.S. 7 minute topographical maps, or 4) listed as threatened by U.S. Department of Interior.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S2
A State Rarity Rank of S2 means: This plant is threatened/imperiled in New York because of rarity (typically 6-20 populations or few remaining individuals) or is vulnerable to extirpation from New York due to biological factors.

Global Rarity Rank: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: This species is demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Did you know?
The specific epithet bigelowii is named in honor of its discoverer Jacob Bigelow who lived from 1787 till 1879 (Fernald 1970).

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are currently eleven known populations, all restricted to the Adirondack High Peaks. While these plants may be impacted to some extent by hikers and other recreational activities, their long-term protection is very promising.

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