Carex ovalis

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCyperaceaeCarexCarex ovalis

Ecology

A tufted perennial herb, especially of acidic grassland, frequent in upland pastures, Nardus grassland and Calluna moorland. It is also common on lowland heaths, in damp meadows, woodland rides and edges, in ruderal habitats, and sometimes in moderately base-rich flushes and dune-slacks. It can be frequent in meadows which have been improved, and have then regressed. 0-1005 m (Lochnagar, S. Aberdeen).

Status

Native

World Distribution

Eurosiberian Boreo-temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.

© G. Toone, IWNHAS

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 7

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 4

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.4

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.3

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1138

Height (cm): 90

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Hemicryptophyte

Woodiness

Herbaceous

Clonality - primary

Tussock-forming graminoid, may slowly spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 2422

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 743

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 7

Atlas Change Index: -0.21

Weighted Changed Factor: 9

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)

19

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000002486