Carex pallescens

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCyperaceaeCarexCarex pallescens


A perennial herb of damp grassland, woodland rides and clearings and stream banks; usually on moist, mildly acidic to neutral soils. In the Scottish mountains and some of the hills of northern England it is found on acidic, wet grassy slopes. Lowland to 790 m in Atholl (E. Perth).



World Distribution

Eurosiberian Boreo-temperate element; also in N. America.

© P. Shannon

Broad Habitats

Broadleaved, mixed and yew woodland

Light (Ellenberg): 6

Moisture (Ellenberg): 6

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 4


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.2

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1236

Life form information

Height (cm): 60

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Tussock-forming graminoid, may slowly spread

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1596

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 183

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 1

Atlas Change Index: -0.51

Weighted Changed Factor: -10

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.