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BROWN SEDGE

Carex disticha

Sedge Club- & Spike-Rush Family [Cyperaceae]

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status
statusZnative
 
flower
flower8brown
 
inner
inner8cream
 
petals
petalsZ0
 
type
typeZspiked
 
stem
stem8triangular
 
stem
stem8fluted
 
stem
stem8hollow
round
sex
sexZmonoecious
 

12th May 2008, Southern England. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
A rather short spike, 2 to 7cm long, with between 6 to 20 dense spikelets closely packed togather with few spaces between. The flowers are brownish to fawn coloured. The leaves (there is one on the right), are mid-green, as long as the stems, a narrow 1.5 to 3.3mm wide and the midribs are keeled for stiffness.

The lowest bract, bottom left(ish) is often like a leaf. The other bracts higher up are chaffy (like small papery scales and here pale fawn coloured).



12th May 2008, Southern England. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The florets at the very top are unusually female only (rather than the usual male for most other species of sedge).


12th May 2008, Southern England. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Showing the sheath and how it peels off the main stem.


12th May 2008, Southern England. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Showing the sheath and how it peels off the main stem. The stem is multiply fluted/ribbed (whichever is your fancy).


12th May 2008, Southern England. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The tip of a leaf showing the very gradual taper to the flat but rough tip.


12th May 2008, Southern England. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Nearly the whole plant (apart from the roots), bent to fit on a scanner. It grows to between 20 and 100cm tall. The stems are sharply triangular.


Easily mistaken for : Sand Sedge (Carex arenaria).

It grows in damp places and wet places such as marshes, wet meadows, and fens amongst short vegetation and is common in the lowlands.

If anyone has photos of the plant in-situ your Author would be pleased to put them up, with acknowledgements. the fruits are also absent from the above set.


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BROWN SEDGE

Carex disticha

Sedge Club- & Spike-Rush Family [Cyperaceae]