Slender Sedge - Carex lasiocarpa


    Quite a tall sedge reaching 45 to 120 cm in height and with creeping rhizomes. The leaves are greyish-green, glossy beneath, inrolled and 1 to 2 mm wide, stiff and tapering to a long spine-like point, the lower ones having purplish or reddish-brown sheaths at the base. The fruits are about 4 mm long ovoid and downy.

    Identification difficulty

    In very damp areas, fens and marshes.

    When to see it

    Fruiting July to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Only frequent in northern Scotland, northern England and north Wales, very local elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was not recorded.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map