Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Cymose Beaksedge - Rhynchospora recognita   (Gale) Kral
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Author(Gale) Kral
DistributionNearly statewide -- most of the Coastal Plain and Piedmont, and parts of the Mountains; scarce in the western third of the state and in much of the lower Coastal Plain.

NJ to MI and KS, south to FL and TX.
AbundanceFrequent throughout he Coastal Plain and Piedmont, uncommon in the Mountains. The website editors recommend a State Rank of S5, one of the few beaksedge species in NC that are worthy of being considered at that abundance level.
HabitatMoist to seasonally dry savannas, open woodlands, clearings, roadsides, powerlines -- usually in wet to moist conditions.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-September.
IdentificationRhynchospora recognita has been split off from R. globularis, differing in its taller stems -- routinely growing 3-4 feet tall, longer seeds (1.4-1.8 mm vs. 1.3-1.5 mm), and wider leaves (up to 5 mm vs. up to 3 mm in R. globularis).
Taxonomic CommentsA synonym is R. globularis var. recognita.

Members of the genus Rhynchospora -- mainly called beaksedges but also called beakrushes -- are mostly Coastal Plain in distribution and are important members of our longleaf pine savannas, flatwoods, streamheads, depression ponds, Carolina bays, and beaver ponds. They vary from small and wiry to large and coarse. Keys concentrate on features of the achenes (seeds) and the shape and arrangement of the flower clusters (spikelets). The seeds may or not have bristles at their base; bristle number, length, and toothing are critical characters. Size and shape of the seed beaks is also critical. The drawings in Godfrey & Wooten (1979) are extremely helpful. The genus now includes Dichromena, the white-topped sedges.
Other Common Name(s)Nearly all websites still call this species as Globe Beaksedge, which is the normally used name for R. globularis (both broad sense and strict sense); obviously, this website will not allow two species to use the exact same common name. Weakley (2018) uses Cymose Beaksedge, which this website has adopted.
State RankS4 [S5]
Global RankG5?
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B.A. SorrieSame data. AnsonPhoto_natural
B.A. SorriePee Dee NWR, piedmont wet pine flatwoods, June 2015. AnsonPhoto_natural

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