Rhynchospora miliacea

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Rhynchospora miliacea
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Order: Cyperales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Rhynchospora
Species: R. miliacea
Binomial name
Rhynchospora miliacea
(Lam.) A. Gray
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Natural range of Rhynchospora miliacea from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Millet beaksedge

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Schoenus miliaceus Lamarck; Phaeocephalum miliaceum (Lamarck) House; Rhynchospora sparsa (Michaux) Vahl; Schoenus sparsus Michaux; The Flora of North America.


A description of Rhynchospora miliacea is provided in The Flora of North America.




In the Coastal Plain in Florida and Georgia, R. miliacea can occur in wet floodplain forests, cypress swamps, wet loamy soil at hardwood edges, and coastal hammocks.[1] Soils include moist loamy soil and moist sandy peat.[1] It has been observed growing in shaded and semi-shaded areas.[1]

Associated species include Dryopteris ludoviciana, Woodwardia areolata, Vernonia missurica, Cypress, Carex, Sparganium, Typha, Smilax tamnoides, Mitreola petiolata, Nyssa, Acer, Acer rubrum, Fraxinus, Taxodium, Taxodium distichum, Rhynchospora caduca, Magnolia virginiana, Planera aquatica, Fraxinus pennsylvanica, Cornus foemina, Persea palustris, Sabal minor, Berchemia scandens.[1]


R. miliacea has been observed flowering in February and April to July and fruiting May through October.[1][2]

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: July 2015. Collectors: James R. Burkhalter, Loran C. Anderson, Brenda Herring, Don Herring, Angus Gholson, R.K. Godfrey, Dana Bryan, D. B. Ward, D. Burch, P. L. Redfearn, Jr., Sandy Thompson, Cecil R Slaughter, Annie Schmidt, Richard Carter, W. W. Baker. States and Counties: Florida: Dixie, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty, Marion, Martin, Monroe, Osceola, Sumter, Suwannee, Wakulla. Georgia: Grady, Miller. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  2. 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: 13 DEC 2016