Wood Club-rush - Scirpus sylvaticus


    This can be a tall plant of 1 metre in height with triangular stems. The inflorescence has a spreading habit. It is patch forming with creeping rhizomes.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    Wet woodland and stream banks.

    When to see it

    Flowering June and July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Common in southern and central England but less common in Wales and eastern England and northern Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional and local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 20 of the 617 tetrads.

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