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Rhynchospora tracyi Britton. Tracy's Beaksedge. Phen: Jun-Sep. Hab: Pondcypress savannas and graminoid-dominated depressions, in small, clay-based Carolina bays, Coastal Plain natural lakes, or shallow limesink ponds (dolines), typically in shallow water or at the lower margins of pond-shores; in s. FL often a monospecific dominant in marl prairies and marshes. Dist: S. NC south to s. FL, west to s. MS (Sorrie & Leonard 1999); disjunct in sw. LA and e. TX; Bahamas; West Indies (Cuba, Hispaniola); Central America (Belize).

ID notes: Rhynchospora tracyi is a very distinctive beaksedge, tall (6-15 dm high), slender, forming colonies via runners in seasonally flooded habitats. It is unique in its 1-2 (rarely as many as 4) spherical heads at the stem tips, and achenes with an abrupt slender beak 4-5 mm long.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Bah, ETx1, FNA23, GW1, K1, K3, K4, RAB, WH3, WI, McMillan (2007); Ceratoschoenus capitatus Chapm.; = Rynchospora tracyi – 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© Bruce A. Sorrie | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Patrick McMillan | Original Image ⭷

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