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Lesser Pond Sedge (Carex acutiformis) HEIGHT to 1.2m. Creeping, mat-forming perennial of marshes and the margins of ponds and streams. FLOWERS Comprising 2-3 brownish male spikes above 3-4 yellowish-green femalespikes; spikes usually unstalked (June-July). FRUITS Green, egg-shaped but flattened, narrowing to a beak. LEAVES Long, bluish grey, rough.