West Highland Flora

Greater Tussock Sedge


Carex paniculata

 

Carex paniculata

Photo Alastair Ross
(29 May 2004 Culbin Forest)

Occasional in wet grassland or wet woods.

Basal tussocks to 100 cm high, stems to 150 cm high.  Inflorescence c 5-15 cm.  Leaves c 3-7 mm wide.  Fruit c 3-4 mm long.

ID: The huge tussocks make a well-grown plant unmistakable, but in the case of a young or underdeveloped specimen, id by: - all (or most) spikes male at top and female at base, inflorescence has general appearance of those in these pics, leaves > 3 mm wide, fruit < 4mm long.

Other features: Lower spikelets stalked, upper ones not.  Lowest bract of inflorescence very short, like a bristle-pointed glume merely.  Fruit with a very broad base compared to most sedges, broadest just above base and winged in the upper half with a deep notch at tip.  Leaves dark green, with edges rolled upwards (see RH pic below). Leaf-edges are minutely toothed.

 

Carex paniculata

Photo Alastair Ross
(29 May 2004 Culbin Forest)

  Carex paniculata

Photo Alastair Ross
(29 May 2004 Culbin Forest)

     

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