West Highland Flora

Water Sedge


Carex aquatilis

 

Carex aquatilis

Photo John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
Jun 1984 River Snizort, Skye

Very rare, in margins of lochs or rivers

Male spikes c 1.5-4.5 cm long, female c 2-6 cm long.  Female glumes c 2-3 mm long, Fruit c 2-2.5 mm long including beak c 0.1-0.2 mm.

ID: 2-4 male spikes above 3-5 female spikes (upper one may be male at top), all many times longer than broad.  Bracts of lowest 2 spikes very long, at least one of them normally longer than the rest of the inflorescence.  Fruit oval with tiny unnotched beak, easily distinguished from conspicuous beak on Bottle Sedge fruit.

Other features: Leaves glaucous above, green beneath.  Styles 2 (Bottle Sedge has 3). 

 

Carex aquatilis

Photo John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
Jun 1984 River Snizort, Skye


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