Carex ampullacea Gooden.
Carex bifurca Schrank
Carex catteyensis A.Benn.
Carex hymenocarpa Drejer
Carex inflata Huds.
Carex inflata Suter
Carex longifolia Thuill.
Carex obtusangula Ehrh.
Carex stenolepis Less.
Carex torfacea J.F.Gmel.
Trasus ampullaceus Gray
Common Name: Beaked Sedge
Carex rostrata is a perennial plant growing from a shortly rhizomatous rootstock. It produces clusters of grass-like leaves around 30 - 60cm or more tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Carex rostrata is widespread with stable populations and does not face any major threats. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2014)[
Most of the northern Hemisphere, north of around 45°N, through N. America, Europe and Asia as far north as the Arctic Circle
A characteristic species of pools in acid bogs, also found in ditches, swamps, wet meadows, wet woodland and the margins of lakes, ponds, river and streams usually in oligotrophic or mesotrophic conditions, occasionally in dune-slacks[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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Easily grown in a damp to wet soil in full sun or shade[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
Root - cooked[
]. No further details are given, but the seed is small and fiddly to use[
We have no more specific information for this species, but the young shoots and tender leaf bases of almost all species in this genus have a sweet flavour[
]. They furnish a tasty nibble and make an excellent emergency food in the wild since they are widely available[
The straw is used for bedding[
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.