Carex hirta - Hairy Sedge
Hairy Sedge is frequent along the north coast and most abundant on the dunes in dune slacks and marshes. It is also found in meadows, wet grasslands and on road verges. Sites include Gwithian Common (SW54V, 1996, C.N.French), Port Navas Creek (SW72N, 1994, C.N.French), Mount field (SW75Y, 1998, M.Tempest), the Gannel (SW85J, 1998, H.M.Meredith), near Polzeath (SW97J, 1995, R.Tofts), Hawke's Wood (SW97V, 1998, I.J.Bennallick), Bude Marsh (SS20D, 1998, M.Atkinson), Innis Downs roundabout (SX06G, 1998, I.J.Bennallick) and Thanckes Park (SX45H, 1997, M.Atkinson), but is absent from the Isles of Scilly. A form that lacks hairs on the leaves and sheaths, var. sublaevis Hornem, has been recorded by a stream near Tregarrick Mill (SX25D, 1990, R.W.Gould) and in a marshy field near Seaton (SX35C, 1990, R.W.Gould).
French, C.N., Murphy, R.J. & Atkinson, M. 1999. Flora of Cornwall. Wheal Seton Press, Camborne.