17 Juni 2010

The Dense Roadside Sedge

The dense roadside sedge (Carex muricata) is a perennial in the cypergrassenfamilie (Cyperaceae). The plant is native to Eurasia. The plant is on the Dutch Red List of plants as very rare and greatly reduced.

The dense pollen-forming plant is 20-60 cm high and has triangular stems. The leaves are 2-3 mm wide. The tongue is very small and curved surface. The lower sheaths are brown and frayed. The roots have a turpentine-like odor.

The dense roadside sedge blooms in May and June with a 2-3 cm long inflorescence, in which four to six small spikes are ovoid. The male flowers are placed on the ear and the female bottom. The ovary has two stamps. The obliquely erect, 3 to 4.5 mm long urntjes have a short beak tweetandige fruit, to the winged edge grained and weak. At urntje is an ant sandwich. It is a kind urntje bract containing the fruit is. The kafjes are dark brown.

The fruit is a lens-shaped, brick-red nut.

The plant is found in dry, moderately rich soil along the edges of deciduous forests on sandy embankments.

Source: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dichte_bermzegge

See also: International Flower Delivery, Florist

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