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Beak-rushes (Rhynchospora)
Found on all temperate continents and in the form of several hundred separate species, beak-rushes are so similar in appearance that analysis of mature fruits is often required to pinpoint an exact identity. They typically prefer moist acidic soils and are widespread in their native savannah grasslands and marshes.
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Perennial
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Attributes of Beak-rushes

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Deciduous

Scientific Classification of Beak-rushes

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8 most common species:
Rhynchospora berteroi
Little beaksedge
Little beaksedge (Rhynchospora berteroi) is a sedge native to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The name refers to the fruit, which is shaped like the beak of a bird. The plant favors bogs and peaty grasslands. It is often used as an indicator of the health of the ecosystem.
Rhynchospora colorata
Starrush Whitetop
The daisy-like flowers of the starrush Whitetop attract many insect pollinators like butterflies and bees. It’s an excellent addition to water and bog gardens because of its conspicuous flowers. It makes an interesting groundcover in moist landscapes and is generally found in shallow waters. The perennial white flowers typically bloom in the summer.
Rhynchospora alba
White beaksedge
White beaksedge has a distinctive beak-like cap. It is sometimes used as an indicator species of positive ecosystem health, as it will die off if its ecosystem is overly disturbed. It has a very broad range despite its delicacy, though that range is shrinking due to habitat loss.
Rhynchospora corniculata
Shortbristle horned beaksedge
Shortbristle horned beaksedge can be easily identified since it is larger and more robust than other similar species. Its seedpods have distinctive spikes. It is generally common in the forest.
Rhynchospora capitellata
Brownish beaksedge
It is native to eastern North America and a few spots in the western United States. It grows in wet habitat, such as swamps, springtime meadows, and moist areas in forests. It is a perennial herb producing clumps of stems 20 to 100 cm tall, each stem sheathed with several narrow, pointed leaves. The inflorescence is a cluster of brown spikelets each about 3 millimeters or 4 millimeters long.
Rhynchospora nervosa
Rhynchospora nervosa
Found on all temperate continents and in the form of several hundred separate species, rhynchospora nervosa are so similar in appearance that analysis of mature fruits is often required to pinpoint an exact identity. They typically prefer moist acidic soils and are widespread in their native savannah grasslands and marshes.
Rhynchospora filifolia
Threadleaf beaksedge
Found on all temperate continents and in the form of several hundred separate species, threadleaf beaksedge are so similar in appearance that analysis of mature fruits is often required to pinpoint an exact identity. They typically prefer moist acidic soils and are widespread in their native savannah grasslands and marshes.
Rhynchospora miliacea
Millet beaksedge
Found on all temperate continents and in the form of several hundred separate species, millet beaksedge are so similar in appearance that analysis of mature fruits is often required to pinpoint an exact identity. They typically prefer moist acidic soils and are widespread in their native savannah grasslands and marshes.
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Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
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Rhynchospora
Found on all temperate continents and in the form of several hundred separate species, beak-rushes are so similar in appearance that analysis of mature fruits is often required to pinpoint an exact identity. They typically prefer moist acidic soils and are widespread in their native savannah grasslands and marshes.
Lifespan
Lifespan
Perennial
info

Key Facts About Beak-rushes

Attributes of Beak-rushes

Leaf type
Deciduous

Scientific Classification of Beak-rushes

distribution

Distribution of Beak-rushes

Distribution Map of Beak-rushes

distribution map
Native
Cultivated
Invasive
Potentially invasive
Exotic
No species reported
species

Exploring the Beak-rushes Plants

8 most common species:
Rhynchospora berteroi
Little beaksedge
Little beaksedge (Rhynchospora berteroi) is a sedge native to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The name refers to the fruit, which is shaped like the beak of a bird. The plant favors bogs and peaty grasslands. It is often used as an indicator of the health of the ecosystem.
Rhynchospora colorata
Starrush Whitetop
The daisy-like flowers of the starrush Whitetop attract many insect pollinators like butterflies and bees. It’s an excellent addition to water and bog gardens because of its conspicuous flowers. It makes an interesting groundcover in moist landscapes and is generally found in shallow waters. The perennial white flowers typically bloom in the summer.
Rhynchospora alba
White beaksedge
White beaksedge has a distinctive beak-like cap. It is sometimes used as an indicator species of positive ecosystem health, as it will die off if its ecosystem is overly disturbed. It has a very broad range despite its delicacy, though that range is shrinking due to habitat loss.
Rhynchospora corniculata
Shortbristle horned beaksedge
Shortbristle horned beaksedge can be easily identified since it is larger and more robust than other similar species. Its seedpods have distinctive spikes. It is generally common in the forest.
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Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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