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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (10/20/20):
Rhynchospora latifolia   FAMILY Cyperaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhynchospora latifolia   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Rhynchospora (Cyperaceae) of South Carolina and the Eastern United States (McMillan, 2007)
Rhynchospora latifolia

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-04-001:
Dichromena latifolia   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Dichromena latifolia

 

COMMON NAME:
Broadleaf Whitetop Sedge, Giant Whitetop Sedge, White-bracted Sedge


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image of Rhynchospora latifolia, Broadleaf Whitetop Sedge, Giant Whitetop Sedge, White-bracted Sedge

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_dila2_001_lvd

        

image of Rhynchospora latifolia, Broadleaf Whitetop Sedge, Giant Whitetop Sedge, White-bracted Sedge

Keith Bradley    kab_r_latifolia_76808

May    Palm Beach County    FL

Hungryland Wildlife and Environmental Area

Typically 7-10 bracts subtending the inflorescence (vs. 4-6 in R. colorata), per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Rhynchospora latifolia, Broadleaf Whitetop Sedge, Giant Whitetop Sedge, White-bracted Sedge

Will Stuart    wil_540828435_7b885b4067

June    Charleston County    SC

Santee Coastal Reserve

Sharing habitat w pitcher plants, yellow meadowbeauty, red milkweed, more.... — Will Stuart

image of Rhynchospora latifolia, Broadleaf Whitetop Sedge, Giant Whitetop Sedge, White-bracted Sedge

Jerry Bright    jeb_072608_021

July    Charleston County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

This and R. colorata are our only two sedges with showy white bracts, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Rhynchospora latifolia, Broadleaf Whitetop Sedge, Giant Whitetop Sedge, White-bracted Sedge

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_r_latifolia_broad

July        

Most of the bracts subtending the inflorescence are well over 1/4" wide, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Rhynchospora latifolia, Broadleaf Whitetop Sedge, Giant Whitetop Sedge, White-bracted Sedge

Keith Bradley    kab_r_latifolia_79752

September    Highlands County    FL

Kissimmee Prairie State Park

Culms 30-70cm tall, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Rhynchospora latifolia, Broadleaf Whitetop Sedge, Giant Whitetop Sedge, White-bracted Sedge

Keith Bradley    kab_r_latifolia_79756

September    Highlands County    FL

Kissimmee Prairie State Park

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (10/20/20):
Rhynchospora latifolia   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhynchospora latifolia   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Rhynchospora (Cyperaceae) of South Carolina and the Eastern United States (McMillan, 2007)
Rhynchospora latifolia

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-04-001:
Dichromena latifolia   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Dichromena latifolia

 

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Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common in GA Coastal Plain (uncommon in NC-SC), endemic to the Southeastern Coastal Plain

Habitat: Wet pine savannas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Bisexual
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Brownish/Yellowish
Nutlet

 

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