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Carex praticola Rydb.
Northern Meadow Sedge
- State Rank: SX
- Global Rank: G5
- State Status: Potentially Extirpated
Habitat: Open woods, clearings, and meadows
Range: Greenland to Alaska, south to Maine, Michigan, North Dakota and California.
Aids to Identification: Identification of species of the genus Carex is usually difficult and dependent upon rather technical features. Carex praticola is a member of section Ovales.
Ecological characteristics: Very little is known about the ecology of this sedge in Maine.
Phenology: Fruits June - August.
Synonyms: Carex platylepis Mackenzie; Carex pratensis Drej.
Known Distribution in Maine: There are two documented occurrences of Carex praticola in Maine, both from 1898 specimens from Aroostook County. The New England Botanical Club collected a specimen from a dry clearing in Island Falls, and M. L. Fernald collected a specimen from open woods in Masardis.