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Flea Sedge

Carex pulicaris

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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
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
30 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Bogs, fens, heathland, meadows, moorland, mountains, rocks, wetland.

Flower:
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Brown, no petals
 
Reddish-brown flower spikes, measuring between 1 and 2.5cm in length.
Fruit:
Dark brown, shiny fruit, 4 to 6mm long. When the fruit are mature they can sometimes spring off their stems when touched. The similar looking Few-flowered Sedge (Carex pauciflora) has straw-yellow fruits.
Leaves:
Very narrow leaves with rounded stems. The leaves are under 1mm wide.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
Distribution Map

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