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Large Yellow Sedge

Carex flava

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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:
75 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Woodland.

Flower:
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Yellow, no petals
 
Very spiky looking, yellow flowerheads. Each flowerhead is about 2cm in length. The female glumes are orangish-brown. The glumes of the similar-looking Yellow Sedge (Carex viridula) are nearer to brown in colour.
Fruit:
The fruit is an achene. There are approximately 35 fruits per tight cluster. The fruits of Large Yellow Sedge are yellower than those of Yellow Sedge.
Leaves:
The leaves of Large Yellow Sedge are similar to those of Yellow Sedge but are bright yellowish-green and larger. The stems of this plant are also 3-sided. Large Yellow Sedge is a rare species which can be found at Roudsea Wood in Cumbria. It is also found (but rare) at Malham in North Yorkshire.
Other Names:
Marsh Hedgehog Grass, Yellow Sedge.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  
Similar Species:
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