Species Details

Carex leptalea

bristle-stalked sedge

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© 2003 Steve Matson
Scientific Name:
Carex leptalea Wahl.
Common Name:
bristle-stalked sedge
Family: Cyperaceae
Element Code: PMCYP037E0
USDA Plants Symbol: CALE10
Synonyms/Other Names:
CA Rare Plant Rank: 2B.2
Fed List: None
State List: None
Global Rank: G5
State Rank:
Other Status: IUCN_LC
CRPR Changes:
changed from 2.2 to 2B.2 on 2013-06-12
Add Date: 1994-01-01
Date Edited: 2021-07-14
Lifeform: perennial rhizomatous herb
Blooming Period: Mar-Jul
0 - 700 meters
0 - 2295 feet
General Habitat:
  • Bogs and fens
  • Meadows and seeps (mesic)
  • Marshes and swamps
General Micro Habitat:
Micro Habitat:
Threatened by hydrological alterations, logging, and non-native plants. Apparently extirpated in MRN Co. by wetland conversion. Sensitive in ID.
Total Occurrences: 8
Element Occurrence Ranks:
0 2 1 0 2 3
Occurrence Status:
Historical >20 Years 5
Recent <=20 Years 3
Presumed Extant 6
Possibly Extirpated 1
Presumed Extirpated 1
California Endemic:
California Island:
States: Name (Code)
Alabama (AL), Alaska (AK), Arkansas (AR), California (CA), Colorado (CO), Connecticut (CT), Delaware (DE), District of Columbia (DC), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Idaho (ID), Illinois (IL), Indiana (IN), Iowa (IA), Kentucky (KY), Louisiana (LA), Maine (ME), Maryland (MD), Massachusetts (MA), Michigan (MI), Minnesota (MN), Mississippi (MS), Missouri (MO), Montana (MT), New Hampshire (NH), New Jersey (NJ), New Mexico (NM), New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), North Dakota (ND), Ohio (OH), Oklahoma (OK), Oregon (OR), Pennsylvania (PA), Rhode Island (RI), South Carolina (SC), South Dakota (SD), Tennessee (TN), Texas (TX), Utah (UT), Vermont (VT), Virginia (VA), Washington (WA), West Virginia (WV), Wisconsin (WI), Wyoming (WY)
California Counties and Islands: Name (Code)
Del Norte (DNT), Humboldt (HUM), Marin (MRN)*, Trinity (TRI)
Quads: Name (Quad Code)
Cant Hook Mtn. (4112368), Crannell (4112411), Drakes Bay (3812218)*, Fields Landing (4012462), Gasquet (4112378), Lord-ellis Summit (4012387), Trinidad (4112412), Trinity Center (4012286)*
Definitions of codes following a county and/or quad:
* Presumed extirpated
(?) Occurrence confirmed, but possibly extirpated
Quad and county data is imported from the CNDDB. Species may be present in other areas where conditions are favorable. These data should NOT be substituted for pre-project review or for on-site surveys.


Presumed Extant
Counties   Quads