West Highland Flora

Slender Sedge


Carex lasiocarpa

 

Carex lasiocarpa

Photo John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
Jul 1968 Teangue, Skye

Frequent in loch edges or wet ground including ditches, likes reedy places, can be acid or alkaline but reasonably nutrient-rich.

Male spikes c 3-7 cm long, female spikes c 1-3 cm.  Fruit c 3.5-4.5 mm long including beak c 0.5-1 mm.

ID: Male spikes 1-3, female spikes 1-3, upright, widely spaced and almost unstalked.  Lowest bract often longer than inflorescence.  Fruit downy, beak deeply notched.  Pill Sedge has smaller fruit and only 1 male spike.

Other features: Often does not flower, and may be id'd with some degree of probability by the leaves.  They are greyish-green, inrolled and little more than 1 mm wide, stiff and tapering to a long spine-like point, the lower ones having purplish or reddish-brown sheaths at the base.

 

Carex lasiocarpa

Photo John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
Jul 1968 Teangue, Skye


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