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Rhynchospora inexpansa (Michaux) Vahl. Nodding Beaksedge. Phen: Jul-Sep. Hab: Wet pine savannas, streamhead pocosins where frequently burned, usually in peaty situations, often weedy, colonizing disturbances. Dist: Se. VA south to ne. FL, FL Panhandle, and west to e. TX, AR, and se. OK (Singhurst, Mink, & Holmes 2012); West Indies.

ID notes: Rhynchospora inexpansa is often noticed because it may form large and dense colonies. Individual stems are normally 5-11 dm tall, but the upper halves of the stems almost always arch over, causing some or most spikelet clusters to droop. The seeds are unique in having a narrowly elliptical body and a long tapering beak. It is likely to be found in disturbed places as opposed to pristine natural areas.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Ar, C, ETx1, F, FNA23, G, GW1, K1, K3, K4, RAB, Tat, Tx, Va, WH3, Bridges & Orzell (2023) in Weakley et al (2023), Gale (1944), McMillan (2007); = Rynchospora inexpansa – S, S13

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Wetland Indicator Status:

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

Heliophily ?: 8

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image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Bruce A. Sorrie | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Radford, Ahles and Bell | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Godfrey and Wooten 1979 | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Patrick McMillan | Original Image ⭷

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