Carex remota

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A tufted perennial herb of damp woodland and woodland rides, often growing in considerable shade. It can become dominant in favoured habitats, such as in woods that are seasonally flooded. Generally lowland, but reaching 320 m in Swaledale (N.W. Yorks.).



World Distribution

European Temperate element; also in C. and E. Asia.

© G. Toone, IWNHAS

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 4

Moisture (Ellenberg): 8

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 6


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.7

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.8

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1063

Life form information

Height (cm): 67

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Tussock-forming graminoid, may slowly spread

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1879

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 675

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 5

Atlas Change Index: 0.04

Weighted Changed Factor: 23

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.