Plant ID forum: White flower ID

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Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
Region: Florida Tropicals Bromeliad Orchids Container Gardener Foliage Fan
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IbisFla
May 27, 2016 7:41 AM CST
This was growing on a creekbank, near the beach in St. Augustine, Florida. Hope you can see enough detail, I had to take the picture from the bridge, and the flower itself was pretty small.




Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
May 27, 2016 8:16 AM CST
Rhynchospora Genus. Possibly Rhynchospora colorata but I'm not positive since there are a lot of species.
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
May 27, 2016 8:28 AM CST
White-Topped Sedge (Rhynchospora colorata)

http://5-staryakpak.org/things-to-see/plants/

My search terms!

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=native+orchids+St.+Augusti...
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
May 27, 2016 8:30 AM CST
At least we think it looks like the same plant Jay!

The list for Florida .. ~(woops, got the wrong list!)

http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Results.aspx
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
May 27, 2016 8:33 AM CST
Photos and location ..

http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/photo.aspx?ID=1765

http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=726&display=...
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Tip Photographer Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus
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Horntoad
May 27, 2016 8:38 AM CST
JRsbugs said:At least we think it looks like the same plant Jay!

The list for Florida ..

]http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Results.aspx


Yes I am familiar with Rhynchospora colorata locally, but BONAP shows close to 60 species in Florida and I don't have the time or patience to sort them out.
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Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
Region: Florida Tropicals Bromeliad Orchids Container Gardener Foliage Fan
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IbisFla
May 27, 2016 9:01 AM CST
Thanks, Janet and Jay! I love that it's native Lovey dubby
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
May 27, 2016 9:16 AM CST
Putting the list again, I posted the wrong one.

http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Results.aspx
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
May 28, 2016 7:41 AM CST
Even though it is native, you may find that it is excessively aggressive. It, and its kinfolk, certainly are a problem here.
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
May 28, 2016 8:12 AM CST
What would you envisage being a better plant in place of this one Porkpal?

As a native plant it must have vied with it's neighbouring plants for a very long time. It must be happy growing where it is, where other plants may not be happy. Nature sorts itself out, and if it doesn't involve the man made tidiness of a garden I don't see why it has less right to live where it is than any other plant. There may certainly be problems associated with some introduced plants, particularly on waterways, water lettuce comes to mind but it seems there is doubt as to whether or not that is native.

I know nothing about this plant, so I am interested in what the problems it may cause would be.

I found it on a Plants Rescue site .. it must have it's uses in the cyclical natural order which if broken can lead to disharmony. So very often, people don't realise how one species relies on another whether plant or animal. Could it be useful to hold together soil at the edge of a waterway, or to keep out other plants which are not so useful?

http://www.plantsrescue.com/tag/rhynchospora-colorata/

It's such a pretty plant, one which you might pounce on if seen at a plant nursery.

http://www.backyardnature.net/n/h/whitetop.htm

Recommended Uses: Can use as a groundcover in moist sites. Good in an informal savanna setting
Other Comments: This is a sedge. Most Rhynchospora species are wind pollinated. The white bracts of this species attract insects.


http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/rhynchospora-colorata

Some insects rely entirely on a single species to breed.

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Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
Region: Florida Tropicals Bromeliad Orchids Container Gardener Foliage Fan
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IbisFla
May 28, 2016 10:27 AM CST
Florida is so overrun with introduced & invasive species of all kinds that seeing a beautiful native plant in its natural setting makes me happy. There was only a small patch of these on that creek bank, so something is keeping them in check, which is how it should work. Smiling
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
May 28, 2016 11:52 AM CST
It is a pretty plant. I am essentially a farmer and have had sedges invade the pastures and proliferate since nothing will eat them. I suspect your sedge is not that ambitious. When trying to grow forage, it is difficult to always feel kindly toward wildflowers. However I really hate having to shred/mow the pastures when they are in bloom.
Porkpal
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
May 28, 2016 1:43 PM CST
I'm a farmer's daughter Porkpal, I do sympathise.

I've seen so much destruction of native plants where there was no need it's heart-breaking. Where there's a need, that is different.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
porkpal
May 28, 2016 3:36 PM CST
It is still a little heart-breaking, especially when they are blooming and trying so hard to please.
Porkpal
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
Charter ATP Member Organic Gardener Garden Photography Bee Lover Dragonflies Cat Lover
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JRsbugs
May 28, 2016 3:58 PM CST
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