Scleria pauciflora Muhl. ex Willd.

Locations ofScleria pauciflora Muhl. ex Willd. in Virginia

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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. pauciflora. These infraspecific taxa have generally not been distinguished in Virginia floristic studies, and many Virginia herbarium specimens await critical examination. Varietal maps are included but are based only on a limited number of specimens.
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, this 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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