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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.|
May 27, 2016 8:16 AM CST
|Rhynchospora Genus. Possibly Rhynchospora colorata but I'm not positive since there are a lot of species.|
May 27, 2016 8:28 AM CST
|White-Topped Sedge (Rhynchospora colorata) |
My search terms!
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!)
May 27, 2016 8:33 AM CST
|Photos and location ..|
May 27, 2016 8:38 AM CST
JRsbugs said:At least we think it looks like the same plant Jay!
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.
May 27, 2016 9:01 AM CST
|Thanks, Janet and Jay! I love that it's native|
May 27, 2016 9:16 AM CST
|Putting the list again, I posted the wrong one.|
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.|
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?
It's such a pretty plant, one which you might pounce on if seen at a plant nursery.
Recommended Uses: Can use as a groundcover in moist sites. Good in an informal savanna setting
Some insects rely entirely on a single species to breed.
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.|
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.|
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.
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.|
May 28, 2016 3:58 PM CST