Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

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

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

Look for it in wet savannas, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Bisexual
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Brownish/Yellowish
Nutlet

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Rhynchospora latifolia   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhynchospora latifolia   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 030-04-001:
Dichromena latifolia   FAMILY Cyperaceae

 

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


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image of Rhynchospora latifolia

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

        

image of Rhynchospora latifolia

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

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

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

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

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

Keith Bradley    kab_r_latifolia_79756

September    Highlands County    FL

Kissimmee Prairie State Park