Beakrushes, horned-rushes

Rhynchospora species -- Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

Rhynchospora species

Native to Florida


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    There are about 200 species of beakrushes world-wide, with about 2 dozen growing in Florida's wetlands. Some are easily identified by their conspicuous long "beaks" at the tips of the spikelets. They are a preferred food of whistling ducks.

    Beakrushes are beakrush sedges. tufted, clumped or spreading; stems solid, triangular, to 5 ft. tall; leaf blades flat or rolled, from the base, smooth, margins usually rough to touch, in 3 ranks; inflorescences on stem tips, complex, many branched heads or clusters; bracts leaf-like, usually longer than the inflorescence; spikelets on branch tips, solitary or clustered; nutlet oblong or ovoid, with short or long "beaks"

    Rhynchospora breviseta
    Rhynchospora curtissii
    Rhynchospora megaplumosa
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    View the herbarium specimen image of the University of Florida Herbarium Digital Imaging Projects.