Bladder-sedge - Carex vesicaria


    This species has shortly creeping rhizomes bearing shoots in small tufts. It reaches between 30 and 120 cm in height. Stems are rough towards the top but not lower down. The leaves may reach a metre in length or more, they are narrow, rigid, pleated with fine toothed edges and fine points. The fruits are inflated, shiny and erect.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    Only in wetland habitats, pond margins etc.

    When to see it

    Flowering May or June.

    UK Status

    Carex vesicaria is found dotted throughout Britain without being abundant anywhere.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was only found in 5 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map