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SPRING SEDGE

SPRING-SEDGE

Carex caryophyllea

Sedge Club- & Spike-Rush Family [Cyperaceae]

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sex
sexZmonoecious

23rd April 2011, nr. Ainsdale, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
It is a low-growing plant but can reach to 30cm high.


23rd April 2011, nr. Ainsdale, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD


23rd April 2011, nr. Ainsdale, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
The stems of Spring Sedge are only loosely tufted together.


14th April 2009, Mottistone Down, Isle of Wight. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Mike Cotterill
Male flower spikes creamy-yellow anthers at the top. Female flower spikes are longer but narrower with shorter, white female stigmas splaying outwards.


23rd April 2011, nr. Ainsdale, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
The glumes are reddish-brown (the largest brown object at the bottom of the topmost male flower spikes just over half-way down the photo on the right hand side).


23rd April 2011, nr. Ainsdale, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
The leaves are glaucous-green.


23rd April 2011, nr. Ainsdale, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
The pale-yellow turning brown flattened anthers on top of their long, white, translucent filaments.


23rd April 2011, nr. Ainsdale, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
The glumes are reddish-brown (bottom right-hand corner). The anthers are long, flat and a continuation of the thinner, white filaments. In the lower part of the photo they are just peeking out from behind the brown 'shields'.


23rd April 2011, nr. Ainsdale, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
The styles are fuzzy-white and some curve outwards.


13th June 2014, cemetery, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
In the centre are the fat fruits of its labour, replete with longish styles still attached.


Easily confused with : many other sedges but this one appears in April well before the others (although exponentially-increasing global warming must be having some effect on the flowering times by now 40 years later since the book your Author always uses for flowering times was written [it is now 2021 AD] and for consistency it is always better to stick to the same reference book for flowering times - it is now 20 years since your Author started creating this tomb and global warming is accelerating with renewed vigour).

Not to be semantically confused with : spring (the boing-boing variety), spring (the watery-stream variety) - but it does have much to do with spring (the seasonal variety).

The stems are triangular in cross-section and either blunt of angled at their edges.

It is native and grows on either dry or damp short grassland in either acidic or basic soils.

Wanted: photos of the fruits.


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SPRING SEDGE

SPRING-SEDGE

Carex caryophyllea

Sedge Club- & Spike-Rush Family [Cyperaceae]