West Highland Flora

Smooth Sedge


Carex laevigata

 

Carex laevigata

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Jul 2003 Portree, Skye
Spike c 3.8 cm long

Occasional, in damp woodland or marshy ground, thinning out northwards.

Fruit c 5-6 mm long.  Leaves c 7-12 mm wide, much broader than most sedges.  Stems to 120 cm tall.  Female spikes c 3-6 cm long.

ID: 1-2 male spikes, 2-4 remotely spaced female spikes.  Female glumes pale reddish-brown with a green midrib when fresh.  Fruit over 5 mm long, tapering upwards into a long deeply notched beak.  Bracts of female spikes not long enough to reach stem tip.

Other features: Belongs to the same group as C distans, C hostiana and C binervis, but a much larger plant in all its parts.  Leaves keeled below, grooved above, tapering evenly to tip.  Female spikes can be male at top as in pic on left.

 

Carex laevigata

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Jul 2003 Portree, Skye
Terminal (male) spike c 3.7 cm

 

Carex laevigata

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Jul 2003 Portree, Skye
Terminal (male) spike c 3.7 cm

The stem going diagonally across the picture is C leavigata, with one male and one female spike visible at top and one hanging female spike halfway along.
 

 

Carex laevigata

Photo Carl Farmer
4 Jun 2006 Dalavil, Skye
Top spike c 3.3 cm long

Male spikes

  Carex laevigata

Photo Carl Farmer
22 Sep 2004 Dalavil, Skye
Picture c 13 cm wide

Leaves after flowering stem has died down


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