FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Carex capitata, Capitate Sedge

Carex capitata; The Capitate Sedge is a small sedge with one terminal spike on the stem (male flowers on top forming a narrow beak). It is a mid-sized sedge (densely tufted 15-30cm. tall) that is quite common throughout Iceland. However, it is more rare in the north-western fjord districts, the Snæfellsness region, the Reykjanes peninsula and is missing in the deserts of the interior. The capitate inflorescence with brown scales under greenish utricles make this species easily identifiable.
The Capitate Sedge is a member of the sedge family (Cyperaceae). The Icelandic name of this species is Hnappstör.

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