#457 Carex Subg. Carex (Subgenus Carex)

5 June

After sharing a couple of sedges in recent days of which I am am “reasonably” sure of the species ID and also realizing that sedges are “not easy” I think that today I will throw in another species that I cannot identify with accuracy. Carex is a vast genus of more than 2,000 species of grass-like plants in the family Cyperaceae, commonly known as sedges (or seg, in older books). Other members of the family Cyperaceae are also called sedges, however those of genus Carex may be called true sedges, and it is the most species-rich genus in the family.

This one I initially thought was a Fox Sedge (Carex vulpinoidea) but on consideration perhaps it is not that, the ears being not as long as required. What it actually is I don’t know bit it is another, if anonymous, species on the long road to 1000.

For the record … Carex species are found across most of the world, albeit with few species in tropical lowlands, and relatively few in sub-Saharan Africa. Most (but not all) sedges are found in wetlands – such as marshes, calcareous fens, bogs and other peatlands, pond and stream banks, riparian zones, and even ditches. They are one of the dominant plant groups in arctic and alpine tundra, and in wetland habitats with a water depth of up to 50 cm (20 in)

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