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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map