Carex ampullacea utriculata (Boott) J.Carey
Carex inflata utriculata (Boott) Druce
Carex laevirostris (Blytt ex Fr.) Andersson
Carex rhynchophysa Fisch., C.A.Mey. & Avé-Lall.
Carex robusta F.Nyl.
Carex rostrata utriculata (Boott) L.H.Bailey
Carex rostrata minor (Boott) Kük.
Carex ventricosa Franch.
Carex vesicaria utriculata (Boott) Dewey
Common Name: Beaked Sedge
Carex utriculata is a perennial plant growing from a creeping, stoloniferous rootstock. It produces clusters of grall-like leaves around 90 - 150cm tall[
The plantt is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Carex utriculata is widespread with mainly stable populations and does not face any major threats. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
N. America - Alaska to Nunavut, south to northern Mexico and Virginia; Eurasia - Norway to Romania, east to Russian Far East, Japan and Korea
Open swamps, wet thickets, marshes, sedge meadows, bogs, fens, stream, pond, and lakeshores; at elevations from sea level to 3,500 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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Easily grown in a damp to wet soil in full sun or shade[
An abundant and variable plant, it is often a dominant of wetlands in subarctic, boreal, and north-temperate wetlands[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
The pith of the stem can be eaten raw or cooked. It has a sugary taste[
Root and tuberous stem bases - cooked[
]. Eaten by children[
]. No further details are given, but the seed is small and fiddly to use[
The culms are used for making table mats in Japan[
]. (as Carex rhynchophysa)
The leaves of most species in this genus can be used to make a soft, insulated bedding for sleeping on when camping etc[
Seed - sow in situ in the spring in a moist soil in light shade. If seed is in short supply it can be sown in a cold frame and be planted out in the summer. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 6 weeks at 15°c[
]. Species in this genus, when started from seed tend to stay diminutive for over a year, with plant leaves remaining stunted and fragile for a considerable period of time[
Division in spring[
]. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer or following spring.