Lesser Pond-sedge - Carex acutiformis


Has creeping rhizomes and shoots in tufts. Stems 60 to 150 cm tall, sharply three angled. Leaves narrow (less than 10 mm) and glaucous, drooping at tips. Inflorescence of 2 to 3 male spikelets above 3 to 4 female, close set. Male spikelets 1 to 4 cm, bluntish purple-brown. Female 2 to 5 cm, cylindrical, erect and all short stalked.

Similar Species

Carex riparia and other aquatic species

Identification difficulty

Marshes, wet meadows, riversides and wet ditches.

When to see it

July to September.

Life History


UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 122 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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