Carex acutiformis Ehrh.

442 (58). C. acutiformis Ehrh. Beitr. IV (1788) 43; Aschers. et Graebn.Syn. II, 2 (1903) 214; Hayek Prodr. Fl. Penins. Balc. III (1933) 191—192; Ахтаров Родът Carex в България (1957) 132; C. paludosa Good. Trans. Linn. Soc. II (1794) 202 — Възостра острица

Fam:   Cyperaceae J. St. Hill.
Genus:   Carex L.
Species: Carex acutiformis Ehrh.
English Name: Lesser pond-sedge


Perennial gray-green plant with highly developed rhizome and underground, long, rough shoots. Stems three-walled, with sharp edges, rough, 30 - 120 (150) cm high, basically covered by reddish or brown leafless, reticulate vaginas. Leaf blades bluish green, stiff, (3) 5 - 20 mm wide, at the bottom folded at an acute angle, pointed at the top, equal to the length of the stem, on the back side rough. The inflorescence consists of 5 - 7 spikelets. Bract leafs herbaceous, without vaginas, the petiole of the lowest bracts exceeds the length of the inflorescence. The upper 2 - 3 spikelets close, male, oblong, lance cylindrical, 2 - 4 cm long, with oblong lance cover flakes, obtuse at the bottom of the spikelets, with finely serrated tips at the top. Lower spikelets spaced, cylindrical, 2 - 7 cm long, sat down or on short petioles, female, with lance and narrowly lance, like a thornl spiked, maroon or black-brown, pale green in the middle, twice narrower and equal or longer from the fruit sacs, cover flakes. Fruit sacs oblong-ovate, flat-walled, leaden olive green, then brownish, 4 mm long, with numerous convex veins, rounded at the base, with short petioles, at the apex suddenly narrowed to yellowish, short, smooth, at the apex nose. Stigma 3. The fruit is small, back ovoid, triangular nut.


form acutiformis; forma typica Beck Fl. Nied.- Österr. (1809) 143. The cover flakes gradually pointed, shorter or equally long with the fruit sacs. The leaves are 3 - 8 mm wide. Common form.
forma maxima Urban Top. Bot. Ver. Brand. XXII (1880) 54. Leaves 12 - 18 mm wide. The lower spikelets have long petioles. Northeastern Bulgaria - Varna, Razgrad region; Western Bulgaria - Pancharevo, Samokov region; South. Bulgaria - Plovdiv region.

General distribution. Western and Eastern Europe, Balkan Peninsula, Caucasus, Asia Minor, Iran, Central Asia, Western Siberia, North and South Africa, North America (transferred).

From:   „Флора на Н. Р. България”, том II, БАН, София, (1964)

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Carex acutiformis, the lesser pond-sedge,[1] is a species of sedge.


It grows up to 150 centimetres (59 in) tall, with leaves up to 160 cm (63 in) long and 5–20 mm (0.2–0.8 in) wide.[2]


It is native to parts of northern and western Europe, where it grows in moist spots in a number of habitat types. In its native European range this species is often associated with the Juncus subnodulosusCirsium palustre fen-meadow habitat.[3] It is also a dominant plant in the Carex acutiformis swamp plant association.[4]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Flowering Time: Blooms: V - VI.

Distribution in Bulgaria: It grows in watrlogged and swampy places in the lowlands and valleys in Northern and Southern Bulgaria. In mountainous areas up to 1100 m altitude. (Conspectus of the Bulgarian Vascular Flora) = conspectus&gs_l= Zlc.

Distribution: Western and Eastern Europe, Balkan Peninsula, Caucasus, Asia Minor, Iran, Central Asia, Western Siberia, North and South Africa, North America (transferred).

Conservation status and threats: not protected species in Bulgaria by the Biodiversity Law. - Biological Diversity Act -

Medical plant: no, it is not - Medicinal Plants Act -

References: „Флора на Н. Р. България”, том II, БАН, София, (1964), Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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