Brown Sedge - Carex disticha


A brown flowered sedge growing to half a metre tall. It does not have male and female spikes like other sedges - the flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant).

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Marshes and damp places.

When to see it

It is in flower from Jun to July, and the seeds ripen from Jul to August.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly widespread in Britain but less common in the north and west of the country.

VC55 Status

Locally frequent in west Leicestershire less common the east of our region. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 86 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Brown Sedge
Species group:
Grasses, Rushes & Sedges
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
01/07/1998 (John Mousley)
Last record:
07/07/2023 (Nicholls, David)

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