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California Twisted Spikerush
Eleocharis torticulmis
About California Twisted Spikerush (Eleocharis torticulmis) Nurseries Show All Photos Eleocharis torticulmis is a rare species of flowering plant in the sedge family known by the common names twisted spikerush and twist-stem spikerush. It is endemic to Plumas County, California, where it is known from two locations within a kilometer of each other in the Butterfly Valley Botanical Area. It grows in open wet habitat such as fens and meadows. It was separated from Eleocharis suksdorfiana and described to science as a new species in 2001. This perennial spikerush grows from a tiny rhizome and a small, hard caudex. It produces a tuft of erect stems 20 to 40 centimeters tall. Each stem is spirally twisted and contracted near the tip, becoming somewhat flattened. The spikelet is under a centimeter long and contains up to 10 tiny flowers.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
0.7 - 1.3 ft (0.21 - 0.4 m)

Flower Color

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
3363' - 5110'

Annual Precip. ?
33.4" - 39.9"

Summer Precip. ?
1.14" - 1.27"

Coldest Month ?
37.2° F - 39.9° F

Hottest Month ?
65.5° F - 68.8° F

Humidity ?
2.13 vpd - 22.26 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Twist-stem Spikerush

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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