West Highland Flora

Spring Sedge


Carex caryophyllea

 

Carex caryophyllea

Photo John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
(May 1966 UK)

Occasional in alkaline grassland

Male spike c 10-15 mm long, female c 5-12 mm.  Fruit c 2-3 mm including beak 0.2-0.3 mm.  Stems usually < 15 mm tall.

ID: One male spike above 1-3 female spikes, all crowded together and almost unstalked.  Fruit downy (use 10x lens).  Told from Pill Sedge by the lowest bract of the infloresence encircling the stem with a short sheath at its base.

Other features: The earliest sedge to flower.  A short plant with dark green shiny outward-curving leaves in small tufts a short distance apart connected by underground rhizomes.  Usually numerous stems are found scattered close together in the typical fashion of a rhizomatous plant, whereas Pill Sedge is densely tufted but the tufts not particularly close to each other or numerous in any given spot.

 

Carex caryophyllea

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Jun 2006 Dalavil, Skye

  Carex caryophyllea

Photo John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
(May 1966 UK)

 



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