Wildflowers forum: ID this star shaped white flower

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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Jun 30, 2017 8:57 PM CST
Saw this as I was leaving the test garden. Sorry, I didn't get a good pic -

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Frillylily
Jun 30, 2017 9:04 PM CST
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anything here look like it?
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Jul 1, 2017 2:05 PM CST

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They look like Rain Lilies. Smiling
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Jul 1, 2017 10:16 PM CST
Check out Star Sedge (Rhynchospora colorata)
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Jul 1, 2017 11:27 PM CST
There is also Rhynchospora latifolia which looks very similar to R. colorata and also grows in this area. I'm not sure how to tell them apart.
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Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Composter Butterflies Bookworm Bluebonnets Daylilies
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piksihk
Jul 5, 2017 3:05 PM CST
@danita and @horntoad that's it!

It looked familiar and couldn't figure it out; I had even posted a photo of one in a ditch last year as colorata but it could be latiflora? This latest photo was at the test garden (so either it is rhynchospora c. or latiflora).
While the earth remains, Seed time and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease. Gen. 8:22
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Jul 5, 2017 6:14 PM CST
I you want to wade through technical jargon, here is what FNA says
Rhynchospora latifolia - Longer involucral bracts at least 5 mm wide at base, mostly abruptly narrowed and green at or distal to midbract; fruit widest at midbody; tubercle base lunate, decurrent; rhizomes mostly 2–4 mm thick; in acid, boggy substrates.

Rhynchospora colorata - Longer involucral bracts mostly less than 5 mm wide at base, mostly gradually narrowing, green well proximal to midbract; fruit widest at or near apex; tubercle base transverse or slightly lunate, scarcely decurrent; rhizomes mostly 2 mm or less thick; in calcareous or basic substrates.
I think the main point is R. colorata has narrower bracts and more the green portion extents higher up the bract.
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Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Composter Butterflies Bookworm Bluebonnets Daylilies
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piksihk
Jul 7, 2017 12:50 PM CST
Thanks Jay for the simple explanation .
My eyes glazes over when I have to read technical manuals/info.
While the earth remains, Seed time and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease. Gen. 8:22

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