Rhynchospora fernaldii Gale

Distribution: S.E.U.S.

Habitat: Varied moist habitats

Florida status: Native

Recognition: Small grassy-leaved species. Leaves to 1(1.5) mm wide (thus narrower than those of the similar and in some interpretations synonymous R. fascicularis with leaves > 1 mm wide). Spikelets 2-2.5 mm. Achene small, 1-1.2 mm long (1.5 mm in R. filifolia), smooth, bristles with antrorse barbs, shorter than tubercle tip (vs. longer than the tip in R. filifolia), the tubercle 0.2-0.3 mm long (vs. 0.4-0.6 mm in R. filifolia).