Rhynchospora odorata

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Common name: fragrant beaksedge [1]

Rhynchospora odorata
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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. odorata
Binomial name
Rhynchospora odorata
C. Wright ex Griseb.
Natural range of Rhynchospora odorata from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonym: R. stipitata (Chapman)

Variety: none


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


R. odorata is commonly found in the southeastern United States; specifically Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, and Louisiana.[2]



R. odorata proliferates in maritime swamp forests and maritime wet grasslands.[1] Specimens have been collected from dry sands, burned palmetto slashpine flatwoods, brackish marsh, moist roadside, willow thicket, pineland, swampy woodland, pine flatwoods, sand loam in hammock, mesic flatwoods, and in coastal hammock.[3]

Fire ecology

Populations of Rhynchospora odorata have been known to persist through repeated annual burning.[4]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

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 USDA Plant Database
  3. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Leo L. Minasian Jr., R.K. Godfrey, C. Jackson, Robert Kral, Mabel Kral, Richard S. Mitchell, K. Craddock Burks, William Lindsey, D.B. Ward, D. Burch, J.N. Triplett, Delzie Demaree, Steve Orzell, E. L. Bridges, O Lakela, William R. Stimson, A. H. Curtiss. States and counties: Florida (Wakulla, Franklin, Levy, Dixie, Collier, Volusia, Sumter, Pasco, Jefferson, Nassau, Monroe, Hernando, Gulf, Dade, Clay, Charlotte, Citrus, Broward, Brevard, Marion)
  4. 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 Unpublished species list of Wade Tract old-growth longleaf pine savanna, Thomasville, Georgia.