Wood-sedge - Carex sylvatica

Alternative names
Wood Sedge

Densely tufted plant with short rhizomes and stems 15 to 60 cm that often droop at the tip, and bear yellowish green leaves. Inflorescence very loose, usually with only one terminal male spikelet, and 3 to 5 long stalked, pendulous slender female spikelets 20 to 60 mm long.

Identification difficulty


When to see it

May to August.

Life History

Perennial, leaves overwintering.

UK Status

Fairly frequent in Britain, but rare in northern Scotland.

VC55 Status

It is occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 48 of the 617 tetrads.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map