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REMOTE SEDGE

Carex remota

Sedge Club- & Spike-Rush Family [Cyperaceae]

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status
statusZnative
 
flower
flower8cream
 
petals
petalsZ0
 
type
typeZspiked
 
stem
stem8triangular
 
stem
stem8flat
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sex
sexZmonoecious
 

30th July 2008, marsh, Freshwater Bay, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The flowerheads are well-separated near the top of the plant, hence the 'remote' Moniker of its common name Remote Sedge.

The inflorescence is very long occupying up to 1/3rd of the top part of the plant, but is also well spaced out, the lower-down the greater the separation between the short flower spikes themselves.



11th June 2016, Cronton ex-Colliery reserve, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
A noticeable pale-green colour it grows to a short to medium 75cm high/long. A densely-tufted plant, rather like that of Deergrass, but much lighter green.


11th June 2016, Cronton ex-Colliery reserve, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
Grows in moist woodlands and shady glades, but this specimen is fairly well out in the open.


11th June 2016, Cronton ex-Colliery reserve, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
The lowest bract-like leaf is far longer than the inflorescence. The leaves are up to 30cm long.


11th June 2016, Cronton ex-Colliery reserve, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
The stems are usually 3-angled, but sometimes only 2-angled.


11th June 2016, Cronton ex-Colliery reserve, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
The flower-spikes are short and well-separated up the stem.


11th June 2016, Cronton ex-Colliery reserve, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
Stems are rough higher up the stem, which is concave triangular in cross-section.


11th June 2016, Cronton ex-Colliery reserve, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
The utricles (the bottle-like structure which completely surrounds the nutlet in Carex species) are between 2.5 to 3.8mm long. The beak (the persistent style of the fruit) is between 0.5 to 0.8mm long.

The leaves (there is one on the left here) are between 1.5 to 2mm wide and strongly chanelled.



11th June 2016, Cronton ex-Colliery reserve, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
Your silly Author forgot to get a closer-up photo of the summit of the sedge, and this one is just a bit out of focus and over-sharpened!


30th July 2008, a scan Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The whole plant, one longer part bent down to fit on the scanner. Showing the remoteness of each flower spike lower down the plant.


30th July 2008, a scan Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The short spikes nearer the tip of a stalk.


30th July 2008, a scan Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The rather short flower spike.


30th July 2008, a scan Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Two sheaths and the stem.


30th July 2008, a scan Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The tip of a leaf.


30th July 2008, a scan Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The base of the stem.


Hybridizes with : Greater Tussock-sedge (Carex paniculata) to produce Carex × boenninghausiana which only occurs in exceedingly few hexads scattered around the British Isles and ireland.

Some similarities to : many other Sedges (Carex spp.) but it is pale-green, and the long gaps between the short flower-spikes gives it away from afar. Remote Sedge flower spikes closer together than does Distant Sedge (Carex distans) but that is grey-green rather than light-green.


  Carex remota  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Cyperaceae  

Distribution
 family8Sedge Club- & Spike-Rush family8Cyperaceae
 BSBI maps
genus8Carex
Carex
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REMOTE SEDGE

Carex remota

Sedge Club- & Spike-Rush Family [Cyperaceae]