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Scleria minor (Britton) W. Stone. Slender Nutrush. Phen: Jun-Aug. Hab: Wet savannas and peaty seepages in the Coastal Plain and Sandhills, bogs in the Mountains. Dist: NY (Long Island) and NJ south to FL, west to se. TX.

ID notes: Scleria minor is a very slender and graceful nutrush. In the field it resembles S. nitida, but it inhabits wet seepages rather than dry uplands; its leaves and stems are narrower; and the seeds are shorter (1-2 mm vs. 2-3 mm in that species). It may co-occur with S. triglomerata, which is larger in every respect.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Synonymy: = C, F, FNA23, G, K1, K3, K4, NY, Pa, RAB, Tat, Tn, Tx, Va, W, Fairey (1967); = Scleria triglomerata Michx. var. minor Britton; < Scleria triglomerata Michx. – GW1, S, S13

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACW
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FACW

Heliophily ?: 7

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