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Rhynchospora (careyana, inundata) Marsh
Translated Name: (Broad-fruit Horned Beaksedge, Narrow-fruit Horned Beaksedge) Marsh
Common Name: Coastal Plain Beaksedge Depression
Unique Identifier: CEGL004132
Classification Approach: International Vegetation Classification (IVC)
Summary: These are seasonally flooded upland depressions dominated by Rhynchospora inundata and/or Rhynchospora careyana found in the southeastern Coastal Plain of the United States from North Carolina to Florida. This is a broadly defined type, and additional types may be developed as more information becomes available. Some additional species that may be present in stands of this type include Panicum hemitomon, Panicum verrucosum, Rhynchospora cephalantha, Rhynchospora filifolia, Andropogon capillipes, Xyris fimbriata, Xyris sp., Lachnanthes caroliana, Fuirena sp., Lycopodiella appressa, Eupatorium leptophyllum, Pontederia cordata, Solidago latissimifolia, and Triadenum virginicum. Floating aquatic plants such as Nymphaea odorata and Nymphoides aquatica may be present. The low cover of woody plants may be provided by Hypericum brachyphyllum and seedlings of Pinus elliottii.



Classification

Classification Confidence: Low

Vegetation Hierarchy
Class 2 - Shrub & Herb Vegetation
Subclass 2.C - Shrub & Herb Wetland
Formation 2.C.4 - Temperate to Polar Freshwater Marsh, Wet Meadow & Shrubland
Division 2.C.4.Ne - Atlantic & Gulf Coastal Marsh, Wet Meadow & Shrubland
Macrogroup Atlantic & Gulf Coastal Plain Wet Prairie & Marsh
Group Atlantic & Gulf Coastal Plain Pondshore & Wet Prairie
Alliance Southeastern Coastal Plain Pondshore Marsh

This is the revised vegetation hierarchy. For more information see Classification Sources and usnvc.org.

Similar Associations
Unique Identifier Name
CEGL004127 Panicum hemitomon - Eleocharis equisetoides - Rhynchospora inundata Marsh



Related Concepts from Other Classifications

Related Subnational Community Units
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Subnation Concept Name Relationship to Standard Confidence Reference
Florida Depression Marsh Broader   FNAI 1997


Other Related Concepts
Related Concept Name: Small Depression Pond
Relationship: B - Broader
Reference: Schafale, M. P., and A. S. Weakley. 1990. Classification of the natural communities of North Carolina. Third approximation. North Carolina Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation, Natural Heritage Program, Raleigh. 325 pp.

Ecological Systems Placement

Ecological Systems Placement
Ecological System Unique ID Ecological System Name
CES203.262 Southern Atlantic Coastal Plain Depression Pond
CES203.890 Central Florida Herbaceous Pondshore


NatureServe Conservation Status
Global Status: G3? (19Sep2001)
Rounded Global Status: G3 - Vulnerable

Distribution
Color legend for Distribution Map
United States Distribution: FL, GA, NC, SCpotentially occurs
Global Distribution: United States
Global Range: This association is found in the southeastern Coastal Plain of the United States from North Carolina to Florida.

U.S. Forest Service Ecoregions
Domain Name: Humid Temperate Domain
Division Name: Subtropical Division
Province Name: Outer Coastal Plain Mixed Forest Province
Province Code: 232 Occurrence Status: Confident or certain
Section Name: Coastal Plains and Flatwoods, Lower Section
Section Code: 232B Occurrence Status: Confident or certain
Section Name: Atlantic Coastal Flatwoods Section
Section Code: 232C Occurrence Status: Confident or certain


Vegetation

Vegetation Summary: These are seasonally flooded upland depressions dominated by Rhynchospora inundata and/or Rhynchospora careyana. Some additional species that may be present in stands of this type include Panicum hemitomon, Panicum verrucosum, Rhynchospora cephalantha, Rhynchospora filifolia, Andropogon capillipes, Xyris fimbriata, Xyris sp., Lachnanthes caroliana, Fuirena sp., Lycopodiella appressa, Eupatorium leptophyllum, Pontederia cordata, Solidago latissimifolia, and Triadenum virginicum. Floating aquatic plants such as Nymphaea odorata and Nymphoides aquatica may be present. The low cover of woody plants may be provided by Hypericum brachyphyllum and seedlings of Pinus elliottii.

A stand assigned here from the Ocala National Forest (Florida) is dominated by Rhynchospora inundata, with Panicum hemitomon, Rhynchospora filifolia, Xyris fimbriata, Xyris sp., Lachnanthes caroliana, Fuirena sp., Lycopodiella appressa, Panicum verrucosum, Rhynchospora cephalantha, Andropogon capillipes, Eupatorium leptophyllum, Pontederia cordata, Solidago latissimifolia, and Triadenum virginicum. Floating aquatic plants such as Nymphaea odorata and Nymphoides aquatica may be present. The low cover of woody plants may be provided by Hypericum brachyphyllum and seedlings of Pinus elliottii.


Vegetation Composition (incomplete)
Species Name Rounded Global Status Growth Form Stratum Charact-
eristic
Dominant Constant
Cover Class %
Con-
stancy
%
Litsea aestivalis G3 Broad-leaved deciduous shrub Shrub/sapling (tall & short)      
 
 
Rhynchospora careyana G3 Graminoid Herb (field)  
 
 
Rhynchospora inundata G3 Graminoid Herb (field)  
 
 


At-Risk Species Reported for this Association
Scientific Name
  (Common Name)
NatureServe Global Status U.S. Endangered Species Act Status
Litsea aestivalis
  (Pondspice)
G3?  


Environmental Setting

Wetland Indicator: Y
Environmental Summary: Stands are found in seasonally flooded upland depressions.


Dynamic Processes


Plot Sampling & Classification Analysis

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Authors/Contributors
Concept Author(s): A.S. Weakley
Element Description Edition Date: 21May2002
Element Description Author(s): M. Pyne
NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Edition Date: 19Sep2001

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References
  • FNAI [Florida Natural Areas Inventory]. 2010a. Guide to the natural communities of Florida: 2010 edition. Florida Natural Areas Inventory, Tallahassee, FL.

  • Schafale, M. P., and A. S. Weakley. 1990. Classification of the natural communities of North Carolina. Third approximation. North Carolina Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation, Natural Heritage Program, Raleigh. 325 pp.

  • Southeastern Ecology Working Group of NatureServe. No date. International Ecological Classification Standard: International Vegetation Classification. Terrestrial Vegetation. NatureServe, Durham, NC.


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