New York Natural Heritage Program
Elk Sedge
Carex garberi Fern.
Carex garberi Troy Weldy
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: S1
A State Rarity Rank of S1 means: This plant is endangered/critically imperiled in New York because of extreme rarity (typically 5 or fewer populations or very few remaining individuals) or is extremely 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?
Carex garberi is named for Abraham Pascal Garber (1838-1881) who discovered this plant in Erie County, Pennsylvania (Fernald 1935). When mature, its fruits are white unlike many other Carex species (Ball 2002).

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are only two known populations and ten historical locations for this sedge that is often confused with Carex aurea. These known populations are restricted to the Niagara River Basin and may be threatened by invasive species and alternations to the landscape (including natural erosion and scraping of the cliffs for safety concerns).

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