Small-fruited Prickly-sedge - Carex muricata subsp. pairae


One of several subspecies of Carex muricata.  

Similar Species

other subspecies of Carex muricata; Carex spicata

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Records from this species should be confirmed by a County Recorder for botany.  It is on the VC55 Rare Plant Register, and therefore a specimen should not be taken; instead submit to NatureSpot as soon as possible, and if you think you have found it in a new location, inform the County Recorder as soon as possible. (RPR)



When to see it

Flowering in June and July.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread, particularly in the north and west of Britain.

VC55 Status

In the VC55 Checklist (Jeeves 2011) it is listed as Scarce, with several records from W Leics.  It is noted that it may be under-recorded because of past confusion with Carex spicata

It is n the current VC55 Rare Plant Register (Hall and Woodward, 2022) as locally scarce. 

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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Species profile

Common names
Small-fruited Prickly-sedge
Species group:
Grasses, Rushes & Sedges
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
19/06/2015 (Hall, Geoffrey)
Last record:
19/06/2015 (Hall, Geoffrey)

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