Rhynchospora colorata

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White star sedge
Rhynchospora colorata NRCS-001.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Rhynchospora
Species: R. colorata
Binomial name
Rhynchospora colorata
(Hitchcock) H.Pfeiff.

Rhynchospora colorata, also known as starrush whitetop,[1] white star sedge and white-topped sedge, is a perennial sedge with white bracts, giving it the appearance of white petals with long, green points. It is native to southeastern North America, from Virginia west to New Mexico in the United States, and south into the Caribbean islands.

The inflorescence is a dense cluster of small spikes, each containing several tiny flowers. It sits on top of 3–10 green and white bracts that grow to 10–15 cm long. They look much like leaves, but the real leaves arise from the base of the plant.


  1. ^ "Rhynchospora colorata". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 22 October 2015.