Scleria verticillata Muhl. ex Willd.
Distribution: Canada to Cuba
Habitat: Varied wet habitats
Florida status: Native
Recognition: Plants usually 6"-24" tall in moist open sites. Flower clusters congested and widely separated along an erect spike. Achenes warty and ribbed, white at first becoming black. Inflorescence resembles Scleria distans somewhat, but S. verticillata more or less glabrous on the spikelets (vs. highly pubescent) and not with the conspicuous downward orientation of the spikelets seen in S. distans.