Eleocharis palustris

common spikerush - Eleocharis palustris 08JL19-01
common spikerush - Eleocharis palustris 08JN04
common spikerush - Eleocharis palustris 07MA22-05

characteristics

Upright slender, round stems with small bladeless sheaths in lieu of leaves. A solitary oval spikelet with pointed tip blooms with white to yellow flowers. A tiny, oval brown to straw coloured fruit is produced. Rhizomatous; spreads readily.

Also known as creeping spike-rush and marsh spike-rush.

T SSN H W sun soil H2O fire N2 pH summer fall flower (seed)
P C-Y 0.6 S S F-C MW-W •• - 4.0-8.0 green-dark - white (brown)

habitat

Stream margins, lakeshores, ponds, ditches, and marshes.

uses

Attracts birds.

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