Greater Pond-sedge - Carex riparia


Tall, tussock forming plant reaching 100 to 150 cm in height. Spreading by strong rhizomes. Leaves quite erect and fairly broad (6 to 15 mm wide). Male spikelets 3 to 6 being 2 to 6 cm long, brown. Female spikelets are 3 to 10 cm by 10 to 12 mm wide.

Similar Species

Carex acutiformis and other aquatic sedges

Identification difficulty

Ponds, marshy areas, wet ditches and stream sides.

When to see it

Fruiting June to September.

Life History


UK Status

Common in most of Britain, scarcer in Scotland and absent in the north of that country.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 176 of the 617 tetrads.

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

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