Dichromena species

Common Name(s): Star-rush

Native to Florida

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Star-rush – Dichromena species
This plant is also known as white-topped sedge. This plant sometimes resembles, and is sometimes treated as, a big rush of the genus Rynchospora. The conspicuous star-rush may be found in wet, open areas, flatwoods, depressions, and ditches. It is found throughout Florida. The Florida species of star-rush has extensive rhizomes and can cover substantial areas. Star-rush is the only sedge-like plant that has 3 to 10 white, pointed leaves at the top of the plant. These leaves actually are large bracts that surround the less-conspicuous inflorescence. The bracts are white at the base, becoming green at the tips. Star-rush leaves arise from the base of the plant. They are narrow and pointed. The inflorescence of star-rush is a head-like cluster of whitish spikelets. The upper spikelets enclose yellowish flowers. The fruit is a two-sided brown nutlet. Star-rush is a native sedge. It is easily recognized by its several long white and green pointed bracts. The inflorescence is a dense cluster of white spikelets that have small, yellow flowers. The leaves are narrow and pointed.