West Highland Flora

Bog Sedge


Carex limosa

 

Carex limosa

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Jul 2003 Sligachan, Skye
Lower female spike 18 mm long

Occasional on peaty edges of lochs and pools

Male spike 10-25 mm, female spikes 7-20 mm, plant up to 40 cm high, usually less.  Female glumes c 4 mm, fruit c 3.5 mm

ID: Stem curved over with 1-3 female spikes all hanging down on long stalks, and 1 male spike terminating the stem.  Female spikes about 3 times as long as broad.  Fruit beaked.

Other features: Bract of lowest spike not long enough to reach stem tip.  Stems stiff, sharply 3-sided, bluish-green.  Female glumes dark brown, fruit dark bluish-green, strongly ribbed, with no apparent beak or very short one < 0.2 mm.  Female spikes have 7-20 fruits.  The very rare C magellanica has less than 10 fruits per spike and at least the top female spike not completely hanging downwards.  Its fruits are not beaked.

 

Carex limosa

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Jul 2003 Sligachan, Skye

 

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