Carex curta

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCyperaceaeCarexCarex curta


A perennial herb of lowland bogs, floating Sphagnum rafts in lowland basin mires, nutrient-poor mires in the mountains, and wet, acidic, occasionally sandy heaths. 0-1100 m (Ben Alder, Westerness).



World Distribution

Circumpolar Boreal-montane element.

© Pete Stroh

Broad Habitats

Fen, marsh and swamp (not wooded)

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 9

Reaction (Ellenberg): 3

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 2.7

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 13.6

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1303

Life form information

Height (cm): 50

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Rhizome shortly creeping

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1190

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 219

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: 0.17

Weighted Changed Factor: -24

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.