Bristle Club-rush - Isolepis setacea


    A low growing pale green species only 3 to 20 cm tall with one or two sheathing leaves per stem. The terminal bract is much longer than the inflorescence which has 1 to 3 spikelets each to 5 mm long. It may form small clumps.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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


    A pioneer species of disturbed ground it favours open, damp, generally acidic sites, especially those subject to winter flooding. It occurs on sandy or gravelly tracks, on the shores of lakes or ponds, in short grassland and eroding streamsides.

    When to see it

    Flowering May to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widely distributed in Britain, Very well recorded in Scotland, Wales and East Anglia.

    VC55 Status

    Very local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 31 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