West Highland Flora

Few-flowered Sedge


Carex pauciflora

 

Carex pauciflora

Photo Carl Farmer
2 Jul 2003 Glenmore, Skye
Left-hand fruit 6 mm

Widespread but local in wet moorland characterised by deergrass.

Fruit 5-6 mm.  A low but more or less upright plant, up to 10 cm high

ID: Plant has a single spike, male at top, and with only 2-4 fruits.  Beware few-flowered specimens of Flea Sedge, which normally has 3-10 fruits, and can be told by its dark brown, not yellowish, ripe fruit, or in the flowering stage by having 2 stigmas, not 3 as the present species does.

Other features: Fruit is yellowish, glumes fall off early.  Spike has no bract.

 

Carex pauciflora

Photo Carl Farmer
2 Jul 2003 Glenmore, Skye
Left-hand fruit 6 mm

  Carex pauciflora

Photo Carl Farmer
2 Jul 2003 Glenmore, Skye
Lower leaf 2.5 cm

     

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