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Rhynchospora latifolia (Baldw. ex Elliott) W.W. Thomas
Sand-swamp whitetop sedge, Tall whitetop sedge, Whitetop sedge, Sand-swamp whitetop, Tall whitetop, Whitetop, Colorful rush
Synonym(s): Dichromena latifolia
USDA Symbol: rhla7
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Unlike most members of the sedge family, 7-10 conspicuous white leaves (bracts) at the top of this 1-3 ft. grass-like plant enable it to be seen from considerable distances. The bracts surround the terminal, inconspicuous flowers.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
, TX Native Distribution:
Coastal plain from NC
to s.e. TX Native Habitat:
Moist to wet savannas & open places
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Wet to moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FACW || OBL |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Newark, DE
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-12
Research By: TWC Staff