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Eriophorum gracile var. gracile

Eriophorum gracile W.D.J. Koch var. gracile

Slender Cottongrass

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (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 Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Inflorescence: Spikelet , Terminal
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Class: 0-1 ft. , 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Notes: Perianth bristles are white. Fruit (achenes) are produced from late spring through mid-summer.


USA: AK , CO , CT , DE , IA , ID , IL , IN , MA , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SD , VT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: NB , NS , PE

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: OBL
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 Eriophorum gracile var. gracile in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eriophorum gracile var. gracile in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eriophorum gracile var. gracile


Record Modified: 2011-08-18
Research By: TWC Staff

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