West Highland Flora

Green-ribbed Sedge


Carex binervis

 

Carex binervis

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Jun 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

Very common on moorland and hills

Fruit c 4.5 mm long.  Male spike c 3-4 mm wide.

ID: One male spike, 2-3 female, the third if present well down the stem.  Female glumes dark brown with green midrib, c 3 mm long.  Fruit green or dark brown with a pronounced green rib on each edge, other ribs lacking or faint.  Fruit tapers upwards into a long beak that is deeply notched (depth of notch as great as its width).  Bracts of upper spikes not long enough to reach stem tip.  Leaves dark green, not yellowish-green; often blotched red.

Other features: Female spikes are generally longer and have more fruits than those in pic on left.

 

Carex binervis

Photo Carl Farmer
18 Sep 2001 Sligachan, Skye


 

Carex binervis

Photo Carl Farmer
24 Jun 2002 Portree, Skye

Above: Typical appearance of plant on heather moors (plant goes from bottom left to top right in pic)

Right: 2nd female spike from top, with bract

 

 

Carex binervis

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Oct 2002 Portree, Skye

 

Carex binervis

Photo Carl Farmer
22 May 2004 Scorrybreac
Male spike c 3.2 cm base to tip


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