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Smooth-stalked Sedge
Carex laevigata
Cíb mhín
Family: Cyperaceae

Fruiting July-August. Perennial. Native.

Densely tufted plant with smooth 3-sided stems, 30-120cm. Keeled bright-green leaves, sharply narrowed to tips, shorter than stems. Single pale orange-brown male spikelet. 2-4 widely separated female spikelets, upper erect, lowest long-stalked, drooping. Green fruit, often with many small red dots, deep-forked beak.

Moist woodland on heavy soils, prefers shade but sometimes found in damp meadows, edges of reedbeds. Mainly N and S of Ireland, very infrequent in centre.
Identification confirmed by Paul Green, Co.Wexford


Smooth-stalked Sedge

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