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Raymond Cranfill, except as specified

Annual or perennial herb, often rhizomed, often of wet open places, generally monoecious; roots fibrous, hairy
Stem generally 3-sided
Leaves often 3-ranked; sheath generally closed; ligule generally 0; blade (0) various, parallel-veined
Inflorescence: spikelets variously clustered; flowers generally sessile in axil of flower bract
Flower small, generally wind-pollinated; perianth 0 or bristle-like; stamens generally 3, anthers attached at base, 4-chambered; ovary superior, 1-chambered, 1-ovuled, style 2–3-branched
Fruit: achene, generally 3-sided
Genera in family: ± 110 genera, 3600 species: worldwide, especially temp
Reference: [Tucker 1987 J Arnold Arbor 68:361–445]
Difficult: taxa differ in technical characters of inflorescence and fruit.



Stem rounded or 3-sided, leafy, solid
Leaves sheathing
Inflorescence generally subtended by 1+ awn-like bracts; spikelets 1–many in generally terminal clusters; flower bracts spiraled, lower generally sterile, upper generally staminate, others bisexual
Flower: perianth bristles 5–many, persistent; stamens 3; style 2-branched, base much expanded, persistent as tubercle on fruit
Fruit 2-sided
Species in genus: ± 200 species: worldwide, especially tropical
Etymology: (Greek: beaked seed)
Reference: [Gale 1944 Rhodora 46:89–134;159–197;207–249;255–278]


R. alba (L.) Vahl


Inflorescence: flower bracts tawny to whitish
Flower: perianth bristles 10–12, = or > fruit, barbs reflexed
Fruit 1.6–2 mm; body ovoid, pale, faintly ridged
Chromosomes: 2n=26,42
Ecology: UNCOMMON. Marshes, bogs
Elevation: < 2000 m.
Bioregional distribution: c&s Northwestern California (Mendocino, Sonoma cos.), se High Cascade Range (Lassen Co.)
Distribution outside California: circumboreal
Horticultural information: IRR or WET, SUN, DRN: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17.
See the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
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