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Carex pulicaris

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 6 August 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Carex pulicaris (NL: Vlozegge / EN: Flea Segde / DE: Floh-Segge / FR: Laiche puce) is a common sedge but not easy to see. It is frequent found in boggy ground, wet moorland and wet rock ledges, preferring alkaline conditions. This sedge has a single spike of which the top half is male and looks like a normal male sedge spike, while the lower half consists of about 3-10 well-separated female flowers/fruits, deflexed when ripe. When ripe the dark bronw fruits will sometimes spring off the stem when touched - like a flea.

Image: Dahlem (DE) - 11/06/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/80 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Canon EOS 400D
1/80 second
ISO 200
150 mm