West Highland Flora

Carnation Grass


Carex panicea

 

Carex panicea

Photo Carl Farmer
8 Sep 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye
 

Common in boggy ground

Fruit c 3-4 mm long

ID: Appearance as above, fruits in each spike rather few, not densely packed, bulging, almost twice as long as glumes.  Leaves pale blue both sides.  Male spike nearly always 1, females usually 2, sometimes 3.

Other features: Fruit egg-shaped with a short beak.

 

Carex panicea

Photo Carl Farmer
29 May 2004 Portree, Skye
Male spike c 2.4 cm from base of its bract

  Carex panicea

Photo Carl Farmer
29 May 2004 Portree, Skye
Male spike c 1.9 cm from base of its bract

LH pic above shows male spike in top left with stamens well out, and female spike lower down.  RH pic shows younger male spike.
 

Carex panicea

Photo Carl Farmer
8 Sep 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

Pale blue leaves a common and distinctive sight among moorland vegetation.



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