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Eleocharis parishii

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About Parish's Spikerush (Eleocharis parishii) Eleocharis parishii is a species of spikesedge known by the common name Parish's spikerush. It is native to Northern Mexico, the Southwestern United States (from southwestern Oregon and California east to Kansas and western Texas). It grows in moist and sandy habitats with fresh to brackish water. Eleocharis parishii is a rhizomatous perennial herb forming mats of ridged stems up to 0. 5 metres (1. 6 ft) tall. The narrow leaves are dark purplish to brown at the bases and becoming lighter in color toward the tips. The inflorescence is a lance-shaped spikelet appearing at the tip of the stem and measuring up to 1. 5 centimeters long. It contains many flowers covered in dark brown bracts.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
1.6 ft (0.49 m)

Flower Color
Purple, Brown

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
1' - 8042'

Annual Precip. ?
3.0" - 95.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 3.02"

Coldest Month ?
26.1° F - 60.7° F

Hottest Month ?
48.5° F - 88.8° F

Humidity ?
0.79 vpd - 42.82 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

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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