Wild Florida Photo
Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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A frequent sedge of marshes, bigs and wet flatwoods throughout much of Florida, although absent from the Big Bend area. The range includes the southeastern coastal states from North Carolina to Texas, plus Tennessee and Oklahoma.
Growing to a meter tall (39 in.), with terminal inflorescences of white spikelets surrounded by six to eight, occasionally only five, showy bracts. The longest bracts are 6-13cm (2-1/3 to 5 in.) long and 5-12mm (2/10 - 1/2 in.) wide, with the white portion at the base 2.2-5.5cm (7/8 to over 2 in.) long, then green and abruptly narrowly linear to the tip.
This is one of three beaksedges in Florida having showy bracts with white bases and green tips. R. colorata, starrush whitetop, is found in most of Florida. Florida whitetop, R. floridensis only occurs in Highlands, Collier and Miami-Dade Counties, plus the Florida keys.