Scleria pauciflora Muhl. ex Willd.
- Botanical Name
- Scleria pauciflora Muhl. ex Willd.
- Common Name
- Carolina Nutrush, Papillose Nutrush
- Flora of Virginia Name/Status
- Scleria pauciflora Muhl. ex Willd. var. caroliniana A.W. Wood + S. pauciflora Muhl. ex Willd. var. pauciflora
- This map contains all records for the species and its two varieties, var. caroliniana A. Wood and var. pauciflorus. These infraspecific taxa have generally not been distinguished in Virginia floristic studies, and the majority of Virginia herbarium specimens await critical examination. Varietal maps are included but are based only on specimens at VPI and FARM.
The vars. of S. pauciflora are distinguished solely by the degree of pubescence on culms, leaves, and bracts. Most Virginia specimens can be assigned to variety without too much difficulty, although intermediates occasionally occur. These taxa both occur state-wide, and in similar habitats, making their utility seem questionable.
- As a whole, the very inconspicuous species occurs in various wet to dry, open woodlands and flatwoods, clearings, barrens, meadows, bogs, and fens. It is frequent in the inner Coastal Plain and Piedmont, infrequent to rare in the mountains, and apparently absent from the outer Coastal Plain.
- Native Status
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