Thin-spiked Wood-sedge - Carex strigosa


Carex strigosa has some similarities with Carex sylvatica (Wood Sedge) but it is a bigger plant with wider, yellow-green, slightly drooping leaves and long thin fruiting spikes.

Similar Species

Carex sylvatica

Identification difficulty
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On moist, base-rich, sometimes clayey, soils in deciduous or mixed woodlands, often found near streams or seepages. It occurs most frequently in clearings and along tracks, but is sometimes found in considerable shade.

When to see it

In flower during May and June.

Life History

A perennial herb.

UK Status

Widespread but rather local in distribution and more frequent the southern half of Britain.

VC55 Status

Local in Leicestershire and Rutland, but can be quite frequent in suitable locations.

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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