Carex spicata

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCyperaceaeCarexCarex spicata

Ecology

A perennial herb of rough grasslands, roadsides, railway embankments, hedge banks, woodland rides and clearings, open scrub and waste ground. It is a plant of moist, neutral or slightly base-rich, heavy soils, and cannot withstand much competition. Lowland.

Status

Native

World Distribution

European Temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.

© P. Shannon

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 6

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 4

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.6

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.7

Annual Precipitation (mm): 823

Height (cm): 85

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Hemicryptophyte

Woodiness

Herbaceous

Clonality - primary

Tussock-forming graminoid, may slowly spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1043

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 48

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 1

Weighted Changed Factor: 36

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)

22

JNCC Designations

NHMSYS0000456896