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Eleocharis fallax

Eleocharis fallax Weath.

Creeping Spike-rush, Creeping Spikerush, Deceitful Spike-rush

Cyperaceae (Sedge family)

Synonym(s): Eleocharis ambigens


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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.
Fruit: Achenes dark yellow or medium brown.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Perianth of 1-5 bristles. Bloom color refers to spikelets. Bloom time refers to fruiting period.


USA: AL , DE , FL , GA , LA , MA , MD , NC , NJ , NY , RI , SC , TX , VA , WV
Canada: NS , QC
Native Habitat: Coastal, fresh to brackish pond and lakeshores, marshes.

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.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2020-10-30
Research By: CBR

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