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   14 Dec 2019      ()
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Carex divulsa   (Grey Sedge)

Carex divulsa   (CYPERACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2010 (last update: 12-Jan-2019)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (Oct-2010) Carex divulsa retrieved from on 2019-Dec-14

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Carex divulsa Stokes
Published in Arr. Brit. Pl. ed. 2, 2: 1035 (1787).

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Carex muricata var. divulsa
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life ]

Plant Family :

Cyperaceae Juss. (The Sedge Family)
27 species from the Cyperaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Grey Sedge, Grassland Sedge

Maltese name(s) :

Sogħda mifruda, Sogħda separata

Status for Malta :

Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man

Frequency :

Very Common     Common     Frequent     Scarce     Rare     Very rare     Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: HEMICRYPTOPHYTE (prostate plants with flowers close to the ground)
Germination [info]: Monocotyledon

Legal Protection [link]:

Not Protected by Law (LN200/2011 or LN311/2006)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :


Colour of Flowers:


Species Description and Distribution

Habitat in Europe:

Grassy, usually shady and damp places

Preferred habitat in Malta:

Data will be available in the next update of this website.

Botanical Description:

Roots brown or blackish-brown. Basal sheaths on stems pale brown, becoming dark to blackish-brown. Leaves with suborbicular, triangular or depressed, obtuse ligule which is about as wide as or wider than long. Spikes 5-8, at least the lowest usually well-separated from each other, and often on 1-3 short, lateral branches, in an inflorescence 3-10(-20) cm. Female glumes whitish- or pale greenish-brown. Utricles 3.5-5(-5.5) mm, ovate to ovate-elliptical, almost equally narrowed at both ends, not corky or thickened at base, pale to dark brown, with faint veins at base, gradually narrowed into beak.

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Distributional range:

Europe northwards to 59° N. in Sweden, but only on the western and southern margins of the U.S.S.R.

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):

Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):

All Europe except Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Russia and former USSR, N Doubtful in C Sardinia, Svalbard archipelago

Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(Euro+Med Checklist, 2017) - Country codes

Ab(A) AE(G) Ag Al Ar Au(A) Az(F G J L M P S T) Be BH Bl(M N) Br Bu Ca(C F G H L P T) Co Cr Cs Ct Cy Da Ga(C F) Ge Gg Gr Hb(E N) He Ho Hs(S) Hu Ir It Lu Ma Md(D M P) Mo No Po Rf(C CS E K S) Rm Sa Si(M S) Sk Sl Sr Su Sy Tn Tu(A E) Uk(K U)

Images (6 images)
   Carex divulsa   -   Image Code: CRXDU-0.
   Carex divulsa   -   Image Code: CRXDU-1.
   Carex divulsa   -   Image Code: CRXDU-2.
   Carex divulsa   -   Image Code: CRXDU-3.
   Carex divulsa   -   Image Code: CRXDU-4.
   Carex divulsa   -   Image Code: CRXDU-5.

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