FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Carex krausei, Krause's sedge

Carex krausei; The Krause's sedge is fairly common in north-eastern regions of Iceland. This sedge can best be recognized by the erect inflorescences (spikes). A feature distinguishing it from similar species is is the place of the male flowers. They are placed on the bottom of the top spike. In most similar species they are found at the top of the spike. It can be found in moist open heather-vegetations.
It is a member of the sedge family (Cyperaceae). The Icelandic name of this species is Toppastör.

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