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Rhynchospora distans (Michaux) Vahl. Narrow-fruited Fascicled Beaksedge. Phen: Jun-Sep. Hab: Pine savannas and limesink ponds. Dist: Se. VA south to s. FL and west to s. MS (Sorrie & Leonard 1999); West Indies.

ID notes: This species is much like R. fascicularis but with smaller heads, narrower leaves, etc. The seed bristles are as long as the seed body or even longer (vs. less than half as long as the body in R. fascicularis). R. distans may intergrade with R. wrightiana in the outer Coastal Plain of the Carolinas.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Va, McMillan (2007); = Rhynchospora fascicularis (Michx.) Vahl var. distans (Michx.) Chapm. – F, K1, Gale (1944); = Rynchospora distans – S, S13, orthographic variant; < Rhynchospora fascicularis (Michx.) Vahl – C, FNA23, G, GW1, K3, K4, RAB, WH3

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Great Plains: OBL (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)

Heliophily: 9

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image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Patrick McMillan | Original Image ⭷
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