West Highland Flora

Oval Sedge


Carex ovalis

 

Carex ovalis

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Aug 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

Frequent in bare damp ground and rough grassland on acid soils

Spikes c 8-13 mm long.  Fruit c 4-5 mm long including beak.  Female glumes c 3-4 mm.

ID: Spikes male at base, female above, or the lower ones all female.  Told from White Sedge by the larger fruits and glumes (see above) and darker colour of spikes.

Other features: Forms dense tufts, the stems sticking out at various angles.  All spikes unstalked, close together at the top of the stem.  Fruit oval, tapering to a notched beak 1 mm long, the notch deeper than wide.  Bracts of inflorescence bristle-like rather than leaf-like, but lowest one usually about as long as inflorescence.

 

Carex ovalis

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Jul 2003 Portree, Skye


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