Pale Sedge - Carex pallescens


    Very distinctive with bright green to yellow green leaves and pale, straw-coloured, egg shaped, beakless fruits. It is tufted with very short rhizomes and stems from 20 to 60 cm tall.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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


    Marshes, heathland and occasionally woodland.

    When to see it

    Fruiting June and July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread but local in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional and local in our area where it is mainly confined to the Charnwood Forest area – it is rarely found in great quantity where it does occur. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 15 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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