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Eleocharis macrostachya (Pale spikerush )
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Eleocharis macrostachya

Eleocharis macrostachya Britton

Pale Spikerush

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Eleocharis perlonga, Eleocharis xyridiformis

USDA Symbol: ELMA5

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Flowers inconspicuous. Bloom color refers to spikelets. Bloom time refers to fruiting period. Fruiting period may be year-round in southern part of range.


USA: AK , AR , AZ , CA , CO , IA , ID , IL , KS , LA , MN , MO , MS , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , ON , QC , SK , YT

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) 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 macrostachya in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eleocharis macrostachya in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eleocharis macrostachya


Record Modified: 2023-03-29
Research By: SET

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