Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales
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Read more about Large-headed Rush at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 040-01-025:
Juncus megacephalus FAMILY Juncaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Large-headed Rush, Bighead Rush
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Keith Bradley kab_j_megacephalus_02129
April Miami-Dade County FL
South Dade Wetlands
Spherical heads 5-12mm across, bract subtending infl short and inconcpicuous, per Aquatic and Wetland Plants of Southeastern United States (Godfrey & Wooten, 1979 & 1981).
Keith Bradley kab_j_megacephalus_77095
June Miami-Dade County FL
Everglades National Park
Inflorescence spreading, several headed; heads spherical, 40-80 flowered, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968).
Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Flora of North America
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Common in NC Coastal Plain, uncommon in Coastal Plain of GA & SC
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Simple - terete
Basal (0-1) & alternate (2-3)
Tepals straw-colored to reddish to reddish-brown
6 tepals in two whorls of 3
Inflorescence appears terminal, its bract not resembling a continuation of culm
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