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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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06 September, 2016

Carex sylvatica: the wood sedge

By far the most common sedge one will find when walking in woodland is the wood sedge (Carex sylvatica).  It occurs in damp places in woodlands which are frequently alongside paths and where it occurs it can be quite abundant.
This is a relatively easy plant to identify as, being a sedge, it does not have a flower although it does have a fluorescence; pale yellow catkin-like 'spikes', similar to some grasses. It has numerous thin-pointed pale green leaves giving the whole plant a kind of 'bushy' appearance and it can grow to two feet tall but in my experience I think one foot is about the norm.
Whilst being predominant a deciduous woodland plant it does occur amongst conifers but usually where deciduous trees were once present or where there are deciduous trees close by. Being a shade loving plant it is also grown in gardens as ground cover in sheltered places. 
Carex sylvatica: the wood sedge