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Rhynchospora solitaria R.M. Harper. Autumn Beaksedge. Hab: Wet, sandy/peaty depressions. Dist: Known from a few sites in the Gulf Coastal Plain of GA (Colquitt, Irwin, Tift, and Turner counties) (Sorrie 1998b) and SC (Berkeley County) (McMillan & Porcher 2005). It should be sought in seepage bogs in the Fall-line Sandhills of the Carolinas and in wet pine savannas of the outer Coastal Plain.

ID notes:Rhynchospora solitaria resembles a delicate R. ciliaris; its distinctiveness is well described in Bridges & Orzell (1992).

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Other Comments: This is the rarest species of Rhynchospora in the southeastern United States. Live plants (outside of the only known cultivated plants at SC Botanical Gardens) have not been seen since 2004.

Synonymy: = FNA23, GW1, K1, K3, K4, Gale (1944), McMillan (2007); = n/a – RAB; = Rynchospora solitaria – S, S13

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: OBL

Heliophily: 9

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image of plant© Bruce A. Sorrie | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Bruce A. Sorrie | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Patrick McMillan | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Patrick McMillan | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Patrick McMillan | Original Image ⭷

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