Identified by Paul Green
Spikelets are closely clustered, the short male spikelet with light-brown glumes with pale edges and midrib. Ovoid female spikelets with short bracts and pointed, red-brown glumes with pale edges and green midrib. Female florets with three stigmas. Green, downy, ovoid fruit with notched beak. Stems 10-30cm, arching outwards when fruit are ripe.
Dry heaths, moorlands and woodland rides on acidic sandy soils.
Similar: Spring Sedge, Carex caryophyllea.
Prefers calcareous or base-rich ground.