Spring-sedge - Carex caryophyllea

    Alt Name
    Spring Sedge
    Description

    A sedge with short, creeping rhizomes, with dark brown, rather shiny basal scales that become fibrous. Rather short stemmed, usually only 2 to 20 cm tall, though may be more when competing in longer grass. The stem is sharply three angled, bearing several recurved, shiny, bright green leaves 1.5 to 2.5 mm wide. The male flower is a red brown club shaped spikelet, 10 to 15 mm long. There are 1 to 3 ovoid female spikelets.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    This species has a red ID rating and unless identified by a known expert you must provide a satisfactory explanation of how it was identified for the record to be accepted.

    Habitat

    On dry grassland in short turf, especially on calcareous soil.

    When to see it

    Fruiting May to July.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland, being more frequent in the west of our area than in the east. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 23 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

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