Pendulous Sedge - Carex pendula


    A large plant with very short rhizomes. Its leaves and shoots form large tufts or tussocks up to 70 cm across and stems reach 60 to 180 cm in height. Inflorescence has 1 or 2 male spikelets up to 10 cm long at the tip, and 4 or 5 female spikelets spread out lower down (up to 16 cm long). They are cylindrical and pendulous like catkins.

    Identification difficulty


    When to see it

    June and July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Although it is scattered over much of Britain as far north as Inverness, it is only frequent in southern England.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 26 of the 617 tetrads.

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