West Highland Flora

Long-stalked Yellow Sedge


Carex viridula ssp brachyrrhyncha

Formerly Carex lepidocarpa

Carex viridula ssp brachyrrhyncha

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Jun 2003 Suardal, Skye
Male spike 14 mm

Occasional in wet alkaline flushes

Plant 20-60 cm tall, female spikes 8-12 mm.  Fruit c 3.5-4 mm including a beak 1-1.5 mm.

ID: Ripe female spikes have fruit downturned, the fruits below the middle of the spike having their tip lower than their base, and being themselves strongly curved forward, not just positioned pointing downwards.  Male spike well-stalked, some of the stalks over 20 mm.

Other features: Female spikes normally no more than twice as long as broad.  One male spike, female spikes typically 2, often just 1 (a good distinguishing feature from ssp oedocarpa), sometimes up to 4.  Plant not strongly tufted like ssp oedocarpa, and has a much more upright look.

 


Carex viridula ssp brachyrrhyncha

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Jun 2003 Suardal, Skye
Left-hand plant 20 cm high from ground

  Carex viridula ssp brachyrrhyncha

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Jun 2003 Suardal, Skye
Male spike 14 mm

     

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