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Cyperus distinctus Steudel. Phen: Jul-Sep. Hab: Marshes, wet pine flatwoods, wet hammocks, ditches. Dist: E. SC south to Panhandle FL and s. FL; se. LA; Bahamas (New Providence Cay).

ID notes:The spongy-based achenes are unique among our sect. Luzuloidei species. At a glance C. distinctus inflorescences are intermediate between C. virens and C. pseudovegetus – heads at maturity are looser than C. pseudovegetus, but with shorter, more lanceoloid spikelets than C. virens. C. virens also has triquetrous culms (vs. rounded-trigonous in C. distinctus).

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Bah, FNA23, GW1, K1, K4, RAB, WH3, Carter (1990)

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW

Heliophily: 9

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