West Highland Flora

Stiff Sedge


Carex bigelowii

 

Carex bigelowii

Photo Alastair Ross
(11 Jul 2004 Coire Bhachdaidh, Perthshire)

Quite frequent in damp areas on mountains.  Not found away from high ground.

Stems to 30 cm but usually much shorter.  Fruit c 2-3 mm long.  Female spikes c 5-15 mm long.

ID: Both male and female glumes very dark, almost black apart from the midrib.  Stems very sharply angled.  Nearly always just one male spike.  Lowest bract shorter than inflorescence.  Leaves with stomata below only.  Beware Common Sedge which is always possible in the same habitat, but has the stomata mostly on the leaf topside.

Other features: Fruit diamond-shaped; that of Common Sedge is more rounded in outline.  Styles 2, fruit two-sided, thin when viewed edge-on.  Stems notably stiff.

 

Carex bigelowii

Photo Craig Robson
(11 Jul 2004 Ardnamurchan)

  Carex bigelowii

Photo Craig Robson
(11 Jul 2004 Ardnamurchan)


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