Common Yellow-sedge - Carex demissa

    Alt Name
    Spring Sedge

    Only 5 to 30 cm in height and with yellow green leaves which are 1.5 to 5 mm wide, rather rigid, recurved and with pale sheaths.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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


    Wet areas, damp woodland rides, stony lake shores, but preferring acid soils and avoiding lime.

    When to see it

    Fruiting June to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Local but fairly widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very local in Leicestershire and Rutland where its only real stronghold is the Charnwood Forest area. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 15 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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