West Highland Flora

Small-fruited Yellow Sedge


Carex viridula ssp viridula

Formerly Carex serotina and C scandinavica (now combined)

Carex viridula ssp viridula

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Jul 2005 Calligary, Skye
Front left spike c 8.5 mm long

Occasional in damp places, especially near the coast, and (var pulchella) in saltmarshes.

Female spikes c 3-8 mm x 2-6 mm.  Fruits c 1.75-3.5 mm including beak c 0.3-1 mm

ID: Female spikes not or shortly stalked (close enough to touch the stem), mostly less than twice as long as broad, usually all bunched together as in pic on left.  Only 1 male spike on most stems, unstalked or with a stalk only a few mm long.  Fruit normally < 3 mm long.  Leaves flattish, not channelled or inrolled.

Other features: Lowest bract much longer than inflorescence.  Intermediates with ssp oedocarpa occur, and some plants will be difficult to identify.  The saltmarsh plants are easiest as they have the smallest proportions.

 

Carex viridula ssp viridula

Photo John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
Aug 1968 Camasunary, Skye

  Carex viridula ssp viridula

Photo John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
Aug 1968 Camasunary, Skye


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