Sedge from Sanibel

I’ve just returned from a brief trip to Sanibel Island, Florida, where I saw this sedge:

I think this is a beaksedge. Rhynchospora colorata is similar, but perhaps this isn’t that species. I found it in a wetland trail not far from the Sanibel River, across the road from Ding Darling refuge. I saw many beautiful wading birds at Ding Darling, too, but since I saw them from the tram I wasn’t close enough to photograph them. I also got to hear Clyde Butcher lecture at Ding Darling, and saw his huge prints of the cypress swamps and the everglades.

8 thoughts on “Sedge from Sanibel

  1. That’s a lovely photograph of one of my favorite sedges.There are only three white-topped beaksedges in the U.S. R. floridensis is found only in the southern half of Florida, so I haven’t seen that one, and don’t know what distinguishes it. R. colorata and R. latifolia are found in Florida (except for the Panhandle) and all along the Gulf coast. Here in my area, we have R. colorata — it can fill the ditches in spring — but in the bogs of east Texas, you can find R. latifolia, which is taller and larger.

    Lucky you, to be able to hear Clyde Butcher. One of my friends, who lives in the area and spends a lot of time in the swamps photographing birds, knows Butcher and can’t say enough good things about him.

    • Thanks, Linda. I’ve never seen a sedge like this before, and found it while I was waiting to get in line for the Butcher lecture. In addition to his photography, Butcher is a fine storyteller, and a passionate environmentalist.

    • Thanks! The Lady Bird Johnson WC site (wildflower.org) cooperates with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. The site had the most useful ID information on Sanibel flora, including this sedge. A wide aperture was the most convenient way to tame the background, somewhat effective here.

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