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STAR SEDGE

Carex echinata

Sedge Club- & Spike-Rush Family [Cyperaceae]

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11th June 2010, Boredale Hause, Paterdale, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
On the path up to Angle Tarn, protected by a boulder.


11th June 2010, Boredale Hause, Paterdale, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
A short Sedge, up to 40cm long.


11th June 2010, Boredale Hause, Paterdale, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
With two or more medieval-looking star-shaped clubs on the end and up the sides near the top. With 3 or 4 spikes per stem, all un-stalked


11th June 2010, Boredale Hause, Paterdale, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
A truly vicious weapon were it not for its' diminutive size and inherent weakness. The topmost spike is female with the male spike below it. Any other lower spikes are all female. These specimens are all in fruit, the fruits having quite a long beak.


Easily confused with : Many other sedges, but this one has pointed glumes, and is very common on wet acid upland soils and marshy bogs. In common with other Sedges, the stems are triangular in cross-section.

Not to be confused with : Star Moss [a plant with similar name]

Hybridizes with : White Sedge (Carex canescens) and Dioecious Sedge (Carex dioica) neither of which are represented above since neither grow in the Lake District.

The similar False Fox Sedge (Carex otrubae) differs from Star Sedge in having far more fruits which are also more closely-packed per spike.

Differs from the otherwise vaguely similar Dioecious Sedge (Carex dioica), Flea Sedge (Carex pulicaris) and few-flowered Sedge (Carex pauciflora) in that all these have but a single spike per stem.


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STAR SEDGE

Carex echinata

Sedge Club- & Spike-Rush Family [Cyperaceae]

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