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True Fox Sedge (Carex vulpina) - possible!!

Observed: 1st June 2010 By: Phil ColesPhil Coles’s reputation in Plants
Thame River Valley - Chearsley & Cuddington June 1st 2010 003.jpg
Thame River Valley - Chearsley & Cuddington June 1st 2010 004.jpg
Description:

Observed some prominent clumps of sedge in one relatively botanically rich, for the area, damp meadow that appears not to have been grazed by cattle since at least the winter. Photographs of the inflorescence are included with this post. The closest I can get to in terms of identification is True Fox Sedge (Carex vulpina). This sedge is not common and one that appears (see map in NBN - http://www.nbn.org.uk/ ) restricted to the environs of the River Ray locally, with no record for this site's 10K Grid Square. Another one for iSpot I think!

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Species with which True Fox Sedge (Carex vulpine) interacts

Comments

Chris Metherell's picture

C. vulpina

The stem certainly looks very widely winged - a feature which distinguishes C. vulpina from C. otrubae - which is of course very common. Which of the other characteristic features does it have? Did you examine the all-important ligule? Sorry - probably teaching you to suck eggs!

Chris Metherell
BSBI VC Recorder
North Northumberland

Phil Coles's picture

C. vulpina

Hi Chris and many thanks for your comments.

Please continue to teach me to suck eggs as I am I NOT an experienced botanist!Regarding 'Did you examine the all-important ligule?' the answer is no; so, I need to go back to the site and spend much more time closely examining the plants. That will be on Friday or at some point over next weekend. More later!

Phil

Phil Coles
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Phil Coles's picture

C. vulpina

Hi Chris and many thanks for your comments.

Please continue to teach me to suck eggs as I am I NOT an experienced botanist!Regarding 'Did you examine the all-important ligule?' the answer is no; so, I need to go back to the site and spend much more time closely examining the plants. That will be on Friday or at some point over next weekend. More later!

Phil

Phil Coles
Email: coles_phil@hotmail.com
Tel: +44 7748 147901
http://philcoles-naturalhistoryblog.blogspot.com/

Phil Coles
e:coles_phil@hotmail.com
t:+44 7748 147901
http://philcoles-naturalhistoryblog.blogspot.com/