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Eleocharis quinqueflora
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Fewflower Spikerush
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Eleocharis quinqueflora

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About Fewflower Spikerush (Eleocharis quinqueflora) Eleocharis quinqueflora is a species of spikesedge known by the common names fewflower spikerush and few-flowered spike-rush. It is widespread across Europe, North Africa, northern Asia (Siberia, China, Kazakhstan, Himalayas, etc. ), and North America (Canada, Greenland, northern and western US). There are also isolated populations in Argentina and Chile. Eleocharis quinqueflorais a resident of wet meadows, bogs, hot springs, and other moist places. This is a rhizomatous perennial approaching a maximum height of 40 centimeters. The thin, flattened stems are surrounded by papery reddish to green leaf sheaths and topped with dark inflorescences. The spikelet is lance-shaped to oval and less than a centimeter long. It contains two to seven flowers, each of which is covered with a brown or black bract. The fruit is a yellow-brown achene two or three millimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
1.3 ft (0.4 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
43' - 11902'

Annual Precip. ?
9.1" - 115.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.28" - 3.86"

Coldest Month ?
20.1° F - 52.7° F

Hottest Month ?
41.9° F - 77.5° F

Humidity ?
0.46 vpd - 25.83 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Few-flowered Spike-rush

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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