West Highland Flora

Bottle Sedge


Carex rostrata

 

Carex rostrata

Photo Carl Farmer
20 Aug 2002 Penifiler, Skye

Common in lochs and bog pools

Leaves c 4-6 mm wide.  Fruiting spike c 3-8 cm long, c 1 cm across.  Fruit c 4-6 mm long including a beak of c 1.5 mm

ID: Leaves glaucous on upper side.  Spikes look like a rather narrow bottle brush, with the long-beaked fruit spreading horizontally.  Bladder Sedge, Carex vesicaria, has the fruit ascending, not horizontal like C rostrata.  Also C vesicaria has dark brown male glumes while C rostrata has rather pale brown ones. 

Other features: A tall water plant.  Fruit bottle-shaped.  Water Sedge has a similar arrangement of male and female spikes to Bottle Sedge, but the fruits are almost beakless.

 

Carex rostrata

Photo Carl Farmer
20 Aug 2002 Penifiler, Skye

  Carex rostrata

Photo Carl Farmer
25 Sep 2001 Penifiler, Skye

 

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