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Eleocharis equisetoides

Eleocharis equisetoides (Elliott) Torr.

Jointed Spikesedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Eleocharis elliottii, Scirpus equisetoides


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

Listed as an endangered species in Canada but not the US. Habitat is limited in Canada to Long Point on Lake Erie.


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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 to brown
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AL , AR , CT , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , LA , MA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI
Canada: ON
Native Habitat: Fresh Water Aquatic

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Sand

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.

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-MLE-15 Collected 2010-06-17 in Hardin County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2016-09-27
Research By: TWC Staff

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