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Rhynchospora gracilenta A. Gray. Slender Beaksedge. Phen: Jul-Sep. Hab: Pine savannas, bogs, seeps. Dist: NJ south to ne. FL, FL Panhandle, and west to e. TX, north in the inland to nc. TN, se. KY (Brock 2020), and AR; Cuba; Mexico (Chiapas), Belize, Nicaragua.

ID notes: In general appearance Rhynchospora gracilenta resembles some other beaksedges, but differs strikingly in its elongate, tapering, seed beak that is 1.5-2 mm long. The culms (stems) often are leaning or lax, or even lying parallel to the ground.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Ar, C, ETx1, F, FNA23, G, GW1, K1, K3, K4, Pa, RAB, Tat, Tn, Tx, Va, W, WH3, Gale (1944), McMillan (2007); = Rynchospora gracilenta – S, S13, orthographic variant

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: OBL
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: OBL
  • Great Plains: OBL
  • Northcentral & Northeast: OBL

Heliophily: 8

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