Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Ware's Hairsedge - Bulbostylis warei   (Torrey) C.B. Clarke
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Author(Torrey) C.B. Clarke
DistributionKnown only from a single site in Brunswick County: "roadside near the Sound in Long Beach." Collected in 1966 by Ted Bradley.

Southern SC to southern FL to southern AL; disjunct to NC.
AbundanceVery rare at that time when collected, but sadly now of historical occurrence (SH). However, there must have been a large population, as at least 13 sheets of specimens were sent to herbaria. This is a State Special Concern - Historical species.
HabitatOpen roadside, at the NC site. Elsewhere in its range it inhabits dry to xeric sandhills, inland dunes, and oak scrub.
See also Habitat Account for Xeric-Mesic Sand Barrens and Glades
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-October.
IdentificationSimilar to B. stenophylla and B. barbata in having a single dense head atop each stem, but the inflorescence bracts are fimbriate at the base and flower scales are ciliate at the tip.
Taxonomic CommentsNone

Hairsedges, genus Bulbostylis, are small tufted plants with skinny culms (flowering stems) and leaves; so skinny as to appear wiry or threadlike. The inflorescence is branched and open, or compact. Each spikelet is composed of several to many tiny florets. Key ID features to note include size and ornamentation of seeds and whether plants are annual or perennial.
Other Common Name(s)None
State RankSH
Global RankG3G4
State StatusSC-H
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