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Eriophorum tenellum (Fewnerved cottongrass)
Brundage, Stephanie

Eriophorum tenellum

Eriophorum tenellum Nutt.

Fewnerved Cottongrass

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Eriophorum tenellum var. monticola

USDA Symbol: ERTE12

USDA Native Status: L48 (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 Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Spikelet
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: CT , IL , MA , ME , MI , MN , NH , NJ , NY , PA , RI , VT , WI
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 Eriophorum tenellum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eriophorum tenellum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eriophorum tenellum


Record Modified: 2021-03-18
Research By: TWC Staff

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