Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2257

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in dry to moist forests and woodlands, swamp forests, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly low alternate, 3-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Unisexual
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Nutlet

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Scleria oligantha   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Scleria oligantha   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 030-15-001:
Scleria oligantha   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Scleria oligantha

 

COMMON NAME:
Few-flowered Nutrush


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image of Scleria oligantha

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_britt_3957_scleria_ol

        

The long, filiform, arching lateral peduncles are distinctive, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Scleria oligantha

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_s_oligantha_9753

April    Catawba County    NC

image of Scleria oligantha

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_s_oligantha_9760

April    Catawba County    NC

Culms usually in tufts, erect, slender, sometimes appearing weak, per Flora of North America.

image of Scleria oligantha

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_s_oligantha_0011

May    Iredell County    NC

Bracts subtending inflorescence leaflike, linear-lanceolate, 3-10 cm, per Flora of North America.

image of Scleria oligantha

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_s_oligantha_7470

June    Iredell County    NC

image of Scleria oligantha

JK Marlow    jkm130718_461

July    McDowell County    NC

Base of achene has hypogynium w 8-9 minutely papillate [nipple-like] tubercles, per Weakley's Flora.