New York Natural Heritage Program
Soft Fox Sedge
Carex conjuncta Boott
Carex conjuncta line drawing Britton, N.L., and A. Brown (1913); downloaded from USDA-Plants Database.
Family: Sedge Family (Cyperaceae)

State Protection: Endangered
listed species are those with: 1) 5 or fewer extant sites, or 2) fewer than 1,000 individuals, or 3) restricted to fewer than 4 U.S.G.S. 7 minute topographical maps, or 4) species listed as endangered by U.S. Department of Interior.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: SH
A State Rarity Rank of SH means: This plant is only historically known from New York State, typically with the last plant observed over 20 years ago. Many SH plants have not been seen in 50-100 years.

Global Rarity Rank: G4G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G4G5 means: Apparently or Demonstrably Secure globally - Uncommon to common in the world, but not rare; usually widespread, but may be rare in some parts of its range; possibly some cause for long-term concern due to declines or other factors. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.

Did you know?
All but one population of Carex conjuncta have not been seen in NY in over 100 years (one population is known from 1934). Due to this species' similarity to a few others, it may simply be being overlooked. Until all historic populations are surveyed this species will be considered historical, as opposed to extirpated, in NY.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are no known populations today but as many as ten historical locations. These sites are situated near steams or waterfalls, in wet swales, or on the back side of marshes. Some of the historical locations have good directions, so these should be sought out.

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