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Scleria baldwinii (Torrey) Steudel. Baldwin's Nutrush. Phen: Apr-Jul. Hab: Wet pine or pondcypress savannas, under Pinus serotina, P. palustris, and/or Taxodium ascendens. Dist: Se. NC south to s. FL and west to se. TX; also in Cuba and the Bahamas (Sorrie & LeBlond 1997).

ID notes: Scleria baldwinii is a robust nutrush, having a stem up to a meter tall, from a thick, knotty, horizontal rhizome. The spikelets are in a terminal cluster, with a long erect bract that appears as a continuation of the stem. It is similar to Scleria georgiana, but is larger in almost all respects, including the achenes (3-4 mm long vs. 2-3 mm long in that species).

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = ETx1, FNA23, GW1, K1, K3, K4, RAB, Tx, WH3, WI, Fairey (1967); > Scleria baldwinii (Torr.) Steud. – S; > Scleria baldwinii (Torr.) Steud. var. baldwinii – S13; > Scleria baldwinii (Torr.) Steud. var. costata Britton – S13; > Scleria costata (Britton) Small – S

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW

Heliophily: 8

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