West Highland Flora

Long-bracted Sedge


Carex extensa

 

Carex extensa

Photo Carl Farmer
25 June 2003 Armadale, Skye

Occasional in salt-marshes.

Male spike 10-15 mm, females 8-15 mm

ID: 1 unstalked male spike, 2 female spikes clustered round its base and often 1 or 2 others a bit lower down.  Lowest two bracts extremely long, rigid.  Leaves grooved, stems rounded, or vaguely triangular with rounded corners, not sharp-angled.  Leaves and stems hairless.

Other features: Fruit bulges then tapers to a 0.5 mm notched beak.  3 styles.

 

Carex extensa

Photo Carl Farmer
25 June 2003 Armadale, Skye
Male spike 14 mm
 

  Carex extensa

Photo Carl Farmer
25 June 2003 Armadale, Skye
Bract 10.7 cm

Left: Lowest bract pointing stiffly upwards and next lowest bract equally stiffly downwards
Right: Full length of lowest bract can be seen here, inflorescence is in bottom right corner
and bract extends to top left corner.


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