Carex vaginata   Sheathed Sedge RR DD N

Carex vaginata whole Carex vaginata flowering spike

This is a northern sedge most often found in cold flushes high in the hills. It has a loose sheath around the flower spike which is sometimes quite inflated or baggy.

These basic flushes on the north west Pennines are the most southerly outpost of C. vaginata the rest is in the hills of mid-northern Scotland. There is none to be found in the warmer climates of southern England, Wales and Ireland.

West Pennines (Teesdale) fells, 16th June 2008

Added on 23rd June 2008, updated 25th November 2008, updated 11th March 2010, updated Se3 April 29th 2010

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