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Few-flower Spikerush - Eleocharis quinqueflora
Other Names:  Eleocharis pauciflora, Eleocharis suksdorfiana


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR

Agency Status
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BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 7

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General Description
Short-rhizomatous perennial. Stems erect, 5–25 cm, tufted. Spikelet 4–8 mm long with ca. 5 flowers. Scales brown to purple, 3–6 mm long, the lowest larger. Flowers: bristles absent or 3 to 6, longer or shorter than the achene; stigmas 3. Achenes brown, smooth, narrowly obovate, 3-sided, 2–3 mm long including the conical tubercle confluent with the body (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Lesica (2012) treats this species as Eleocharis pauciflora (L.) Roem. & Schult.

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
Circumboreal south to CA, AZ, NM, NE, IL and NY (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 59

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Habitat
Moist to wet, often peaty, often calcareous soil of fens, wet meadows, seeps; montane to rarely alpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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