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Eleocharis quinqueflora

Eleocharis quinqueflora (Hartmann) O. Schwarz

Fewflower Spikerush

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Eleocharis bernardina, Eleocharis pauciflora, Eleocharis pauciflora var. bernardina, Eleocharis pauciflora var. fernaldii, Eleocharis quinqueflora ssp. fernaldii, Eleocharis quinqueflora var. bernardina, Scirpus pauciflorus, Scirpus quinqueflorus

USDA Symbol: ELQU2

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Spikelet
Size Class: 0-1 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: AK , AZ , CA , CO , IA , ID , IL , IN , MA , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OR , PA , SD , UT , VT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: NB , NS , PE

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.

Additional resources

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


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

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