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Rhynchospora stenophylla Chapman. Coastal Bog Beaksedge. Phen: Jul-Sep. Hab: Peaty seepage bogs, streamhead pocosins, savanna-pocosin ecotones, usually growing in Sphagnum, especially where frequently burned. Dist: Se. and sc. NC south to nw. FL and west to s. MS; disjunct in se. VA (Southampton Co.) (Belden et al. 2004). Reported for GA by Sorrie (1998b).

ID notes: Plants of Rhynchospora stenophylla tend to form tussocks or patches of extraordinarily skinny and long leaves and culms (5-10 dm tall or long), all of which are lazy or lying prostrate. It closely resembles R. rariflora, but differs in having bristles longer than the achene beak, versus no longer than the achene body in that species.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Synonymy: = ETx1, FNA23, GW1, K1, K3, K4, RAB, Va, WH3, Gale (1944), McMillan (2007); = n/a – C; = Rynchospora stenophylla – S, S13

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: OBL
  • Great Plains: OBL

Heliophily: 9

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