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Eleocharis elliptica (Elliptic spikerush)
Smith, R.W.

Eleocharis elliptica

Eleocharis elliptica Kunth

Elliptic Spikerush

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Eleocharis capitata var. borealis, Eleocharis compressa var. borealis, Eleocharis tenuis var. borealis

USDA Symbol: ELEL4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Spikelet , Terminal
Fruit: Yellow or sometimes brown or greenish
Size Class: 0-1 ft. , 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent. Bloom time denotes fruiting period for Eleocharis spp.


USA: CT , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , LA , MA , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , VA , VT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: NB , NS

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Powesheik Skipperling
(Oarisma powesheik)

Larval Host
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National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.


Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Eleocharis elliptica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eleocharis elliptica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eleocharis elliptica


Record Modified: 2018-03-08
Research By: TWC Staff

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