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Rhynchospora nitens [= Psilocarya nitens]

Short-beaked Beaksedge, Short-beaked Baldrush, Shortbeak Beaksedge

Scientific Name:

Rhynchospora nitens [= Psilocarya nitens]

Genus:

Rhynchospora

Species Epithet:

nitens

Common Name:

Short-beaked Beaksedge, Short-beaked Baldrush, Shortbeak Beaksedge

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Annual (Herbs Only), Perennial

Plant Family

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

July, August, September

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Wet savannas, limesink (doline) ponds, ditches, disturbed wet areas, often weedy. Rare in NC Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Annual (Herbs Only), Perennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G_?: Uncertain (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

State Status:

W1: Watch List: Rare but Relatively Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Primarily a Coastal Plain endemic. NC Natural Heritage Program Global Rank: G4?

Plant

image

Tom Harville
Lake Waccamaw
Oct '08

Seed Pods

image

Tom Harville
Lake Waccamaw
Oct '08

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

eFloras Plants
LSU Herbarium


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