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Rhynchospora microcephala (Britton) Britton ex Small. Small-headed Beaksedge. Phen: Jul-Oct. Hab: Pine savannas, longleaf pine sandhill-pocosin ecotones. Dist: S. NJ south to s. FL and west to MS; Cuba.

ID notes:The small and generally spherical heads of Rhynchospora microcephala are an excellent field character; the chestnut to brown heads are 2-5 and are well-separated. R. cephalantha is closely similar, but it has larger heads and the seeds are larger (3.5-4 mm long vs. 2.5-3 mm long in R. microcephala).

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = C, F, FNA23, G, GW1, K1, K3, K4, RAB, Tat, Va, WH3, Gale (1944), McMillan (2007); = Rhynchospora cephalantha A.Gray var. microcephala (Britton) Kük.; = Rynchospora microcephala – S, S13

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Wetland Indicator Status:

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

Heliophily: 9

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