West Highland Flora

False Fox Sedge


Carex otrubae

 

Carex otrubae

Photo Carl Farmer
31 Aug 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

Occasional, always by the shore.  It is not described as a seashore plant in British floras, but always seems to be so in the West Highlands.

Fruit 5-6 mm long.

ID: Gives impression of fruit sticking out in all directions from a single head.  Leaves 4-10 mm wide.  An obviously tufted plant.

Other features: Head is made up of many adjacent unstalked spikes, which all have several female flowers, which swell up to form the fruit, and some male ones at their tip, not easily noticed.  The foxy-brown colour mixed with yellowish-green is characteristic of this sedge in late summer, and together with its spiky clustered appearance makes it easy to recognise and always a pleasure to find.

 

Carex otrubae

Photo Carl Farmer
25 June 2003 Armadale, Skye
Total inflorescence c 4.4 cm long

Spikes green when young

  Carex otrubae

Photo Carl Farmer
26 May 2004 Scorrybreac, Skye
Right-hand inflorescence c 3.3 cm long

 

Carex otrubae

Photo Carl Farmer
26 May 2004 Scorrybreac, Skye

Here the yellow stamens can be seen protruding from
the male flowers at the top of each spike, and the
v-shaped pairs of white stigmas from the female flowers

  Carex otrubae

Photo Carl Farmer
31 Aug 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

Grows in tufts, with luxurious leafage

 

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