FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Carex panicea, Carnation Sedge

Carex panicea; The Carnation Sedge is a sedge that grows on rather damp and moist soils all around Iceland but for the interior deserts and the southern coastal sand-plains. It is a middle-sized sedge that resembles both the common Sheathed sedge (C. vaginata) as well as the rare Livid sedge (C. livida).The species can be recognized by their lowest inflorescence bract. It rises above the whole inflorescemce in the livid sedge and does not exceed the very first female spike in the Sheathed sedge. In the Carnation sedge this leaf-like lowest bract only just exceeds the lowest female spike. It should be noted that a characteristic of the Sheathed sedge is that the inflorescence bracts have long sheath (hence the name). The carnation sedge can also be identified by its color: it is far more bluish than the average green herbal plant. Alas I have no clear picture from an Icelandic plant to illustrate the latter so I introduced a photo of this species not from Iceland to show its blue appearance.
The Carnation Sedge (C. panicea) is a member of the sedge family (Cyperaceae). The Icelandic name of this species is Belgjastör.

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