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Spiked Sedge

Carex spicata

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Poales
Family:
Cyperaceae (Sedge)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Habitats:
Grassland, hedgerows, roadsides, scrub, wasteland, woodland.

Flower:
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Green, no petals
 
Brownish-green flowers with awned glumes, up to 3cm in size. The flowers look spiky as the name of this plant implies.
Fruit:
The fruits narrow gradually towards their ends. They appear in July and August.
Leaves:
A perennial grass-like sedge with very thin leaves. It grows in dense clumps, has long pointed purplish ligules. Its bracts are often purplish too.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Distribution Map

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