Scleria baldwinii

(Torrey) Steudel

Syn. Pl. Glumac. 2: 175. 1855.

Basionym: Hypoporum baldwinii Torrey Ann. Lyceum Nat. Hist. New York 3: 382. 1836
Synonyms: Scleria costata (Britton) Small
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 23. Treatment on page 245. Mentioned on page 243.

Plants perennial, sometimes cespitose; rhizomes horizontal, nodulose. Culms stout, 30–90 cm, base smooth or slightly scabrous distally. Leaves: sheaths purple or brownish, tight, smooth or weakly ribbed, narrowly winged, glabrous; contra-ligules minute, obtuse; blades linear, keeled, shorter than culms, 1–5 mm wide, rigid, glabrous or slightly scabrous on margins. Inflorescences 1–2 cm; clusters 1, 5–15 mm wide, each with 3–7 spikelets; bracts subtending inflorescence awl-shaped, 4–15 cm × 1–4 mm. Spikelets bisexual and staminate, 5–10 mm; staminate spikelets many flowered; staminate scales lanceolate, membranous, pistillate scales ovate-acuminate, rigid. Achenes dull white or often brownish gray or with dark gray bands, obscurely trigonous, ovoid-globose, 3–4 mm, smooth, often ribbed, base without pores, sides concave between angles, distinctly trigonous, pointed, apex conspicuously mucronate; hypogynium obsolete, reduced to small brownish ring just distal to pointed base.

Phenology: Fruiting spring–summer.
Habitat: Wet, peaty or sandy soils in pinelands, savannas, and borders of ponds and lagoons
Elevation: 0–100 m


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Ala., Fla., Ga., La., Miss., S.C., Tex., West Indies (Bahamas, Cuba).


Selected References


Lower Taxa

... more about "Scleria baldwinii"
A. A. Reznicek +, John E. Fairey III +  and Alan T. Whittemore +
(Torrey) Steudel +
Hypoporum baldwinii +
Ala. +, Fla. +, Ga. +, La. +, Miss. +, S.C. +, Tex. +, West Indies (Bahamas +  and Cuba). +
0–100 m +
Wet, peaty or sandy soils in pinelands, savannas, and borders of ponds and lagoons +
Fruiting spring–summer. +
Syn. Pl. Glumac. +
Illustrated +
Scleria costata +
Scleria baldwinii +
species +