Rhynchospora gracilenta

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Common name: slender beaksedge[1]

Rhynchospora gracilenta
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Photo by John Gwaltney hosted at Southeastern Flora.com
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida - Moncots
Order: Poales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Rhynchospora
Species: R. gracilenta
Binomial name
Rhynchospora gracilenta
A. Gray
Natural range of Rhynchospora gracilenta from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: Rynchospora gracilenta, orthographic variant

Varieties: none


R. gracilenta is a perennial graminoid of the Cyperaceae family native to North America.[2]


R. gracilenta is found along the southeastern coast of the United States from Texas to New York.[2]



R. gracilenta proliferates in savannas and bogs.[1] Specimens have been collected from shaded borders of a creek, wet soil of hammock, roadside seepage, canopy at headwaters of a creek, marshy shores of lake, swampy areas, sandy peat of savanna bog in pineland, wetland longleaf pine savanna, pine flatwoods, and near margin of gum-pond.[3]


R. gracilenta has been observed flowering in January, March, and May through November with peak inflorescence in July.[4]

Fire ecology

Populations of Rhynchospora gracilenta have been known to persist through repeated annual burning.[5]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

R. gracilenta is listed as extirpated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.[2]

Cultural use

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 USDA Plant Database https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=RHGR
  3. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Bruce Hansen, JoAnn Hansen, R.K. Godfrey, R. Kral, Steve Orzell, Edwin Bridges, Sidney McDaniel, A. H. Curtiss, Andre Clewell, J.N. Triplett, Travis MacClendon, Karen MacClendon, Angus Gholson, Wilson Baker, Chris Buddenhagen, Austin Mast, Marybeth Webster, Becky Bee, Richard Carter, John Nelson, Wade Biltoft, Ben Grahm. States and counties: Florida (Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa, Martin, Bay, Franklin, Liberty, Gulf, Wakulla, Duval, Calhoun, Leon, Washington, Gadsden) South Carolina (Colleton) North Carolina (Bladen) Georgia (Thomas, Grady)
  4. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. www.gilnelson.com/PanFlora/ Accessed: 29 MAY 2018
  5. Platt, W.J., R. Carter, G. Nelson, W. Baker, S. Hermann, J. Kane, L. Anderson, M. Smith, K. Robertson. 2021. Unpublished species list of Wade Tract old-growth longleaf pine savanna, Thomasville, Georgia.