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Rhynchospora scirpoides (Torrey) Grisebach. Long-beak Beaksedge. Phen: Jul-Sep. Hab: Limesink ponds, usually at the lower margins of pond-shores, wet pine savannas, beaver ponds, and other wetlands with "drawdown" hydrology. Dist: Se. MA south to n. peninsular FL, Panhandle FL, s. MS (Sorrie & Leonard 1999), se. OK, and TX (Singhurst, Bridges, & Holmes 2007); disjunct in the lowlands around the Great Lakes.

ID notes: This species, R. nitens, and R. eximia are rather short beaksedges, no more than 6 dm tall and often only about 3 dm tall. They have rather few but long leaves. The elongate inflorescence may occupy half or more of the plant height. R. scirpoides has achene beaks 2/3 or more as long as the achene body (vs. achenes with very short beaks in R. nitens and R. eximia).

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Ar, C, ETx1, FNA23, K1, K3, K4, Mi, NE, NY, Va, WH3, McMillan (2007); = Psiolocarya corymbifera (C.Wright) Britton; = Psilocarya corymbiformis Benth. – S13; = Psilocarya scirpoides Torr. – GW1, RAB, S, Tat; > Psilocarya scirpoides Torr. var. grimesii Fernald & Griscom – F, G; > Psilocarya scirpoides Torr. var. scirpoides – F, G

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Wetland Indicator Status:

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

Heliophily ?: 9

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