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Rhynchospora colorata (Linnaeus) H. Pfeiffer. Narrowleaf Whitetop Sedge. Phen: May-Sep. Hab: Wet pine savannas, ditches, dune swales, calcareous glades, usually in places with some source of alkalinity (calcareous rocks, shell, brackish water). Dist: Se. VA south to FL and west to TX; Mexico (Tabasco, Chiapas, Yucatán), Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Venezuela; West Indies.

ID notes:The bright white inflorescence bracts of the "Whitetop Sedges" (in our region: R. colorata, R. floridensis, R. latifolia, R. nivea) form a very visually distinctive group within Rhynchospora. See Rhynchospora Key B.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Ar, C, ETx1, FNA23, K1, K3, K4, NcTx, Va, WH3, McMillan (2007); = Dichromena colorata (L.) Hitchc. – Bah, F, G, GW1, RAB, S, S13, Tx

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACW
  • Great Plains: FACW

Heliophily: 9

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