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Eleocharis ovata

Eleocharis ovata (Roth) Roem. & Schult.

Ovate Spikerush

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Eleocharis annua, Eleocharis obtusa var. heuseri, Eleocharis obtusa var. ovata, Scirpus ovatus


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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Spikelet , Terminal
Fruit: Brown
Size Class: 0-1 ft. , 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AZ , CT , HI , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , OR , RI , SD , UT , VT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: NB , NS , PE

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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