Publication: Fl. Scot. 2: 543, plate 6, fig. 2. 1777.
selected vouchers: WTU
Notes: FNA23: "Carex pauciflora is sometimes confused with C. microglochin, though C. pauciflora is easily distinguished by the lack of an evident rachilla. Compared to C. microglochin, the shoots of C. pauciflora tend to be more definitely tufted, the culms are more sharply 3-angled and roughened distally, and the achenes fill less of the perigynia. Carex pauciflora has a catapult dispersal mechanism (E. E. Hutton 1976) in contrast to the putative clinging mechanism of C. microglochin and presumably C. camptoglochin V. I. Kreczetowicz and C. parva Nees (see comments under the previous species). Dispersal by animals is possible for C. pauciflora as well. People walking through bogs may find perigynia attached to their clothing (L. Brouillet, pers. comm.)."