New York Natural Heritage Program
Handsome Sedge
Carex formosa Dewey
Carex formosa 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: G4
A Global Rarity Rank of G4 means: This species is apparently secure globally (typically with more than 100+ populations), though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Did you know?
The specific epithet formosa means finely formed, handsome, and beautiful (Stearns 2004). While a very beautiful plant, at least to those that enjoy sedges, this plant is perhaps no more handsome than many of its closest relatives. It must be its charisma that brings out its true beauty.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are twelve known populations and at least 20 additional historical locations. Only three populations have more than 100 stems. There is some speculation that this sedge is overlooked, but it also has a very limited habitat and is distinct to those familiar with sedges. More survey work is needed at the various historical sites, as well as other areas with promising habitat.

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