Fraser’s sedge grows in rich mountain forests on moist slopes and along streams, within a fairly restricted range in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Populations are documented from
Pennsylvania south to Georgia and Tennessee.

The narrow range of Fraser’s sedge and the loss of its habitat have reduced it to a relatively small number of scattered
populations. There is some concern that the existing populations may be so small that they are falling victim to genetic drift, a loss of genetic diversity that can reduce a species’ ability to adapt to changes in its environment.


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