Carex cespitosa

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Carex cespitosa
Carex cespitosa Kiiminki, Finland 16.06.2013 img 2.jpg
Carex cespitosa area.JPG
Tufted (caespitose) growth form
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Carex
Species: C. cespitosa
Binomial name
Carex cespitosa

Carex cespitosa is a species of perennial sedge of the genus Carex which can be found growing in tufts (caespitose), as the Latin specific epithet cespitosa suggests.[1] The name is synonymous with Carex cespitosa f. retorta.[2]

The species is able to hybridise with the common sedge (Carex nigra) to produce a plant 20–50 centimetres (8–20 in) tall, flowering from May to June.[3] The species can be found in all of Scandinavia, ranging from common to rare, and central parts of Europe, becoming rare to the west and towards the Mediterranean, and including isolated locations in Great Britain and the Iberian Peninsula.[1][4]

The species is often found in a mosaic with other Carex, but can become almost entirely dominant. It grows in very moist soil.[5]

Cultural references[edit]

  • John Bauer's famous painting Princess Tuvstarr takes its name from the Swedish term for this plant.


  1. ^ a b C. A. M. Lidman (1917–1926). Bilder ur Nordens Flora. Stockholm. p. 441. 
  2. ^ "Carex cespitosa var. cespitosa". Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Arne Anderberg. "Carex cespitosa L.". Den virtuella floran. Swedish Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Pedro Jiménez-Mejías; Andreas Hilpold; Božo Frajman; Mihai Puşcaş; Jacob Koopman; Attila Mesterházy; Vít Grulich; Kåre Arnstein Lye; Santiago Martín-Bravo (2014). "Carex cespitosa: reappraisal of its distribution in Europe". Willdenowia. 44 (3): 327–343. doi:10.3372/wi.44.44303. 
  5. ^ Lars Påhlsson (1995). Vegetationstyper i Norden. Nordiska Ministerrådet. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 

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